Tuesday, June 11, 2013

KU men’s hoops perfect in APR report


It’s academic-progress-rate time at universities across the country, and at Kansas University that means yet another reason for the men’s basketball program to celebrate.

As has been the case each March, when coach Bill Self’s squad has added another tally to its streak of consecutive conference titles, the program tacked on its seventh straight perfect APR score of 1,000 for the 2011-12 school year, just two behind the mark of nine straight titles on the court.

“We’re a little numb to that anymore,” said Paul Buskirk, KU’s associate athletic director for student support. “Because it’s been seven years straight, it’s almost become like winning the Big 12 Conference championship. But it’s a big stinkin’ deal. After you do it so many times, people kind of go ho-hum, but if you look at the national average for Div. I basketball schools, it’s going to be around 940 or 950. It’s not going to be 1,000.”

A team’s annual APR score is a measure of two things: the overall eligibility of its athletes and the retention of those athletes from semester to semester as they pursue their degrees. Each scholarship athlete in every sport has the potential to earn four points per school year. Two points are possible for being eligible and two points are possible for remaining in good academic standing.

Once KU gets the numbers for each athlete on each team, the results are then combined to produce each team’s overall APR number.

The system came about in 2003 as a new way for universities to track the academic performance of their student-athletes. Until 2003, the only gauges available were team grade-point average and graduation rates. However, researchers discovered that both numbers moved too slowly to matter on a year-to-year basis. With the APR system in place, the numbers are tracked over a four-year period and on an annual basis, and programs that fall below the NCAA’s good-standing mark of 930 face the potential for penalties, which range from loss of scholarships to postseason bans.

Buskirk, who was against the idea initially, said the APR system has made a major impact on improving academic performance in all sports.

“Graduation is the event,” Buskirk said. “That’s what we want. That’s why we’re here. However, this instrument (APR) has heightened the attention of coaches to academics single-handedly more than anything else I’ve ever seen in the 28 years I’ve done this. Every coach may not know their graduation rate. They should, but they know dadgum well what their academic progress rate is because there are penalties to go along with this if it’s not good. So, it has been useful beyond my expectations.”

All 18 of KU’s athletic programs scored well above the magic number of 930 in the multi-year totals released today. Men’s basketball and women’s cross country had perfect scores, and men’s track (indoor and outdoor) and baseball brought up the rear, however all three scored above 950. Men’s hoops, women’s cross country and volleyball were the only three programs at KU that received a 1,000 for the 2011-12 school year.

Although Buskirk said he would prefer to see every program record perfect scores, he admitted that his standards were rather high. More importantly, he said he was more than pleased with the academic performance of all of KU’s athletic programs.

“I don’t have any concerns at all,” he said.

KU’s multi-year APR numbers by program

(2011-12 number in parentheses)

Baseball — 955 (957)

Men’s Basketball — 1,000 (1,000)

Men’s Cross Country — 990 (985)

Football — 958 (931)

Men’s Golf — 979 (971)

Men’s Track, Indoor — 954 (959)

Men’s Track, Outdoor — 953 (959)

Women’s Basketball — 971 (938)

Women’s Cross Country — 1,000 (1,000)

Women’s Rowing — 980 (985)

Women’s Golf — 986 (976)

Softball — 989 (970)

Women’s Soccer — 967 (941)

Women’s Swimming — 966 (956)

Women’s Tennis — 971 (900)

Women’s Track, Indoor — 965 (984)

Women’s Track, Outdoor — 965 (984)

Volleyball — 990 (1,000)


Dirk Medema 9 years, 7 months ago

There are a few big drop offs in the 1 yr category.

Ashwin Rao 9 years, 7 months ago

Can't believe Women’s Basketball is so low.

Marcia Parsons 9 years, 7 months ago

Big improvement over the previous year though.

Matt Friedeman 9 years, 7 months ago

How do we compare with, say, Kentucky, Louisville, North Carolina, Duke and other elite basketball programs? And how does the average KU score add up to other elite school scores?

This is what SHOULD matter most.

Steve Gantz 9 years, 7 months ago

Well, none's better than us, that's for sure! I was wondering the same. I doubt Kentucky could even figure out how to add it up!

Travis Shinkle 9 years, 7 months ago

Easy. Here's what is happening at Kentucky, Louisville, and Missouri:

David Leathers 9 years, 7 months ago

Here are the scores for the last two years and the averages since inception.

2013 (2012)

Duke: 995 (995) Average - 985.38

UNC: 959 (963) Average - 983.5

Kentucky 963 (963) Average - 951.5

Louisville 995 (965) Average - 951.25

Lastly, the average for THE University of Kansas..... Drumroll please....


I got these from this database:

I don't know if the information is updated or not, and for some reason the U of Kansas doesn't have the 2004-2005 information available, but for the information listed, here are the averages.

actorman 9 years, 7 months ago

Awesome! Yet another reason to be proud of our Jayhawks.

Thanks RockChalk. Where in Cali are you, BTW?

Tim Orel 9 years, 7 months ago

I like the improvement in football. Shows Charlie Weiss' influence, which will help the "Student" athletes as much or more than they'll get out of their athletic endeavors.

Ron Prichard 9 years, 7 months ago

I think Weis is emphasizing academics and there may be some other factors involved, but the 11-12 numbers are lower than the 4 year average for the football team. I wonder if that has anything to do with the multiple players that were let go when Weis was hired.

jgkojak 9 years, 7 months ago

Once again, we see how HCBS is the best coach in the country - that excellence only happens when you make it a priority. I also think, perhaps, some of the athletes like Rio who transfer, are being let go out of their not buying into this.

BainDread 9 years, 7 months ago

This is amazing...a Jayhawk Basketball headline article with only six comments in ten hours!

Martin Shupert 9 years, 7 months ago

I was wondering, just for the sake of knowing... What do you suppose Kentucky's scores over the last 7 years have been? Anyone want to look that up?

Rob Wempe 9 years, 7 months ago

Here is the Kentucky info: 11-12 963 10-11 963 09-10 974 08-09 954 07-08 979 06-07 941 05-06 916 04-05 922

David Leathers 9 years, 7 months ago

Try using the return/enter button, makes for a much more organized list.

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