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Saturday, December 25, 2021

Kansas Athletics sets school record for graduation rate

Kansas women's basketball coach Brandon Schneider, along with Jayhawks Zakiyah Franklin, left, and Holly Kersgieter, visit with KU Athletic Director Travis Goff, right, at Big 12 Media Day on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021 in Kansas City, Mo.

Kansas women's basketball coach Brandon Schneider, along with Jayhawks Zakiyah Franklin, left, and Holly Kersgieter, visit with KU Athletic Director Travis Goff, right, at Big 12 Media Day on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021 in Kansas City, Mo.

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Kansas Athletics recently announced that student-athletes at KU set a school record with a combined 90% Graduation Success Rate for student-athletes who began their full-time collegiate careers in the fall of 2014.

The graduation success rate measures the number of scholarship student-athletes who enter an institution and the number who graduate within six years, taking into account transfers and student-athletes who leave in good academic standing.

The new mark surpassed the old record of 85% set during both the 2015-16 and 2018-19 academic years.

According to recent data released by the NCAA, each athletic program sponsored by Kansas Athletics registered a graduation rate of at least 83%, with four programs posting a 100% success rate — men's golf, women's basketball, women's tennis and volleyball.

“The successful pursuit of a degree from the University of Kansas is at the core of our commitment to our outstanding student-athletes,” said KU Athletic Director Travis Goff. “In a college athletics landscape where education is often overshadowed, this outstanding GSR is a testament to the hard work of our student-athletes in the classroom and our staff’s commitment to their academic pursuits.”

Here's a sport by sport breakdown of the KU programs responsible for the new record.

Men’s Sports

Golf: 100

Basketball: 88

Baseball: 86

CC/Track: 84

Football: 83

Women’s Sports

Basketball: 100

Tennis: 100

Volleyball: 100

Swimming & Diving: 96

Soccer: 95

Rowing: 94

Softball: 91

Golf: 89

CC/Track: 87

Comments

Andy Godwin 3 weeks, 5 days ago

“The successful pursuit of a degree from the University of Kansas is at the core of our commitment to our outstanding student-athletes,” said KU Athletic Director Travis Goff. Here, here or “hear, all ye good people, hear what this brilliant and eloquent speaker has to say!” It is pleasing to see most of the student athletes who receive a subsidized education at KU are taking advantage of this wonderful opportunity. Happy Holidays and Rock Chalk.

Scott MacWilliams 3 weeks, 4 days ago

Wonder what the advent of NIL opportunities is going to do to the graduation rates? Probably won't affect most of the athletes...

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