Thursday, October 25, 2012

Men’s basketball among six perfect KU teams in Graduation Success Rate


The Kansas athletic department posted its highest Graduation Success Rate (GSR) ever, helped by six teams — including men’s basketball — that achieved perfect scores.

The numbers were released by the NCAA on Thursday afternoon.

KU saw its GSR grow to 85 percent, up from 79 percent last year and the highest ever for the department since the statistic was created in 2003.

KU men’s basketball, men’s golf, women's cross country/track, softball, tennis and volleyball all had perfect GSRs, meaning for a four-year average all student-athletes either graduated or left the program in good academic standing.

“We expect quality results like this from our student-athletes,” KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger said. “We insist on responsibility in their personal lives and competitive excellence on the field of play. That is the best way to compete for conference and national championships, while at the same time preparing for a competitive world after college.”

There is no NCAA penalty for a poor GSR score and also no reward. The number, however, does provide a more accurate snapshot of student-athlete academic performance than the federal graduation rate, as the Graduation Success Rate includes transfer students and student-athletes who leave in good academic standing.

With the perfect score, KU men’s basketball posted its highest four-year GSR ever and is significantly higher than the sport’s national rate of 68 percent. As a department, the Jayhawks’ cumulative four-year average was five points higher than the national average of 80 percent.


hbjayhawk 8 years ago

Thank you Paul Buskirk and KUAC staff and coach Self for making academics a priority. UCONN can watch tourney from home . . . and Kentucky will eventually be stripped of it's title due to violations in a few short years. RCJH to integrity and student athlete success!!

Steve Reigle 8 years ago

And also to the coaches, staffs, and players of the other five KU teams achieving a perfect record. Well done.

Bobby Burch 8 years ago

Very proud of our Jayhawks! Rock Chalk!

jayhawk_93 8 years ago

Great news! Especially combined with the news a few months ago that the football team turned in the highest GPA ever.

KUbsee69 8 years ago

I wonder what Kentucky scored.

Kent Wells 8 years ago

Doesn't matter, they will just have to vacate their scores!

rawheadrex 8 years ago

This says more for KU than any championship banner.

Kent Wells 8 years ago

I figured with all the early departures, that would hurt us. Thank goodness for the good standing part. It makes it pretty cool considering several were sure losses to the NBA This is good news for KU!

JayHawkFanToo 8 years ago

"KU men’s basketball, men’s golf, women's cross country/track, softball, tennis and volleyball all had perfect GSRs, meaning for a four-year average all student-athletes either graduated or left the program in good academic standing."

What part of that did you not understand? All the players you mentioned left the program in good academic standing.

RJ King 8 years ago

Wells probably meant that he already knew about the NCAA's GSR rating system prior to reading this article, and feared that early departures might hurt us.

After seeing (and fully comprehending) this article, he was relieved to hear further information. This came as good news. Just a guess, based on reading his post.

Kent Wells 8 years ago

Bay, you should write for me and I might get lit up less on here. I rarely post serious comments given it is football season so I am a little out of practice. However, I figured the "G" must really mean Graduate, not Good standing.

Paris said it better after me. I mean, that is a lot of credit to the coaches. Do you really think Selby cared about his GPA or academic standing? It is pretty awesome considering all that was going on with TRob as well.

ParisHawk 8 years ago

This is confirmation that Josh Selby finished his coursework before leaving the campus early at the end of second semester. Coach Self said at the time that Selby had taken care of business, but some posters here doubted that.

Chris Bruning 8 years ago

Geez, who to believe? I almost went with the posters on this one, pfffff

Jeff Coffman 8 years ago

Woman's Cross Country/Track. I'm a little confused. Wouldn't that be two separate teams. If I'm not mistaken, Cross Country is ongoing and track begins in the spring.

Although track has some longer races, but are mainly sprints, whereas, Cross-Country is basically one long race, I think men is 10k, I'm guessing ladies is similar.

Should we really have seven, or is there some grouping that the NCAA uses that isn't consistent with the way that KU organizes its teams.

For instance, I don't think Diamond Dixon is the Woman's Cross Country Team, but clearly is on the track team.

JayhawkRock78 8 years ago

Yes, they are separate teams and letters can be won for each. Cross County is a fall sport with one long distance race where as Track is indoor(winter) outdoor spring and has sprints, middle distance, long distance, relays, hurdles, and field events.

Jeff Coffman 8 years ago

I guess, shouldn't the article say SEVEN teams instead of six.

Nathan Scholl 8 years ago

Very proud of these statistics. Rock Chalk Jayhawk. The University of Kansas: where you go to school not only to play sports, but to become a better person and actually receive a quality education.

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