Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Study: Eight teams fail to meet standard; KU perfect


— An annual study of the schools in the men’s NCAA tournament shows a slight increase in teams that fall below graduation rate standards.

The University of Central Florida’s Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport said in its report Monday that eight teams that made the 2014 men’s bracket fall below the NCAA-mandated Academic Progress Rate score of 930, equivalent to a 50 percent graduation rate. Last year six teams didn’t reach that benchmark.

Kansas University’s team is the only squad in the field of 68 to have a perfect APR and graduation rate.

Study author Richard Lapchick said while academic reforms overall have led to positive change, he urged tougher measures. He would like to see the NCAA’s four-year standard raised to a graduation rate equivalent to 60 percent.

This year 88 percent of the teams in the men’s tournament currently graduate at least 60 percent of their players.

Currently, teams scoring below a 925 APR can lose up to 10 percent of their scholarships. Teams can also be subject to penalties for poor academic performance over time.

Teams in this year’s field that would be subject to NCAA-imposed sanctions that could keep them from postseason play are: Cal Poly (925), Coastal Carolina (921), North Carolina Central (903), Oklahoma State (928), Providence (915), Texas Southern (900), Connecticut (897) and Oregon (918).

Beginning with 2012-13 championships, teams must earn a minimum 900 four-year APR or a 930 average over the most recent two years to be eligible for NCAA championships.

In 2014, seven teams fell below 925, compared with three teams in 2013. The APR was developed by the NCAA in 2004 as a way to improve graduation rates. It is a four-year rolling average of academic performance that takes into account academic eligibility and retention.

Connecticut is back in the field following a one-year NCAA tournament ban last year after failing to meet APR minimums. UConn was one of 10 schools barred from last year’s postseason.

“The loss of scholarships and being banned from postseason play is the thing coaches dread most,” Lapchick said. “I was glad to see UConn made such a good improvement. I can’t attribute it all to (the tournament ban), but I’m sure they’re going to do everything in their power to put students on campus that can have the greatest success academically.”


Jonathan Unruh 8 years, 3 months ago

Scott Ward deserves the credit for this success. Great job Kansas Basketball!

Jonathan Allison 8 years, 3 months ago

I'd like to see a column about how Kansas has maintained such an excellent academic record since Self has been at KU.

I'm interested to see how the Kansas program manages the success of the students compared to how other programs do. I always assumed that most schools are the same as far as providing counselors, tutors, checking in making sure that the athletes are reporting to class, etc.

It's incredible that even with partial qualifiers in McLemore and Traylor, and with transfers such as Rio Adams, and with all of the early draft entrants that Kansas has been able to maintain such excellent academic status.

I picture this APR to be similar to a credit report. It does a search of all of the transactions and all of the records and discounts anything that is not good. So I wonder why other schools that are known for academics (Duke, Stanford, Harvard) don't also get a perfect score...

Jonathan Allison 8 years, 3 months ago

that article is looking at APR average from 2008 thru 2012.

However, looking at just 2011-2012 KU has an APR of 1000 while Dayton has an APR of 985.

Jonathan Allison 8 years, 3 months ago

I just checked again. And KU Men's bball is perfect for the 4 year period in APR. So maybe they're looking at not just men's basketball... I think they messed it up.

Suzi Marshall 8 years, 3 months ago

Dayton was 985. Duke, Louisville, Memphis, and MI all did very well with 995...but only Kansas was perfect. Rather than putting faith in the press, of any form, it's best to always go to the sources ....Here is the actual report:

I also would like to see the NCAA raise the standard to 60%, at least, and come down harder on those schools that consistently do poorly. I'm not at all opposed to the idea of players going to college to basically major in "basketball" but they have to meet some overall academic metrics.

Huge congratulations to Bill Self. I also would love to see the LJW promote this very important accomplishment, such as Self's ten year run vs APR vs players that went to the NBA vs total players playing pro ball somewhere..

Jonathan Allison 8 years, 3 months ago

Thanks for the link. This link which is referenced in the erronious article also confirms the Kansas APR of 1000, straight from the NCAA

Jonathan Allison 8 years, 3 months ago

I know that you saw already, but they fixed it and named Kansas the champs.

Christopher Giordano 8 years, 3 months ago

Scot Ward is an absolute STUD! Great Job Scott and all the staff in keeping the student athletes focused.

Rock Chalk!

Cameron Cederlind 8 years, 3 months ago

"Teams in this year’s field that would be subject to NCAA-imposed sanctions that could keep them from postseason play are . . ."

Would this be imposed next year?

Scott Roulier 8 years, 3 months ago

This was always the classic debate about Prop 48 and partial qualifiers. Public schools with high admission rates are at a distinct disadvantage as their schools are designed to flunk out a percentage of students. I believe it was Hayden Fry at Iowa that complained about Lou Holtz at Notre Dame. How was it that his daughter couldn't get in to Notre Dame because of the strict academics, but a partial qualifier could? It is also next to impossible to flunk out of these private schools unless you just don't do the work. If you notice the schools in trouble, they are almost always public universities.

Joe Ross 8 years, 3 months ago

This AP article left out one important statistic that has only been brought to light in the comments below it: that a perfect score = 1000. Otherwise, the numbers given for each school can only be used to compare against one another, but not to the ultimate standard. Perhaps the kusports' editors should have caught and included this information.

Dirk Medema 8 years, 3 months ago

LJW has had articles in the past about KU BB having the perfect record.

It would be unprofessional to change someone else's journalism, and at least tacky to comment correctively on it. Sort of makes you wonder though why is was picked up and published if not accurate.

John Boyle 8 years, 3 months ago

Why was Lapchick praising UConn with a score of 897? They should lose scholarships and be ineligible for post season play again next year. I realize they improved but not up to standard.

Jonathan Allison 8 years, 3 months ago

perhaps because the measure is a 4 year average, and not a single year statistic. So their improvement in a 1 year span wouldn't impact their 4 year APR by a great deal, unless they maintain it for another 1 or 2 years.

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