Kansas Men's Basketball Leads Big 12 Conference in Graduation Success Rate

Oct. 25, 2011

LAWRENCE, Kan. – The Kansas men’s basketball team’s Graduation Success Rate leads all men’s basketball programs in the Big 12 Conference, according to statistics released Tuesday by the NCAA.

Men’s basketball’s latest four-year GSR, which includes the incoming classes of 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004, is 91 percent. The NCAA’s GSR takes into account transfers and others who leave their universities in good academic standing.

Six KU teams earned perfect 100% GSR grades for the same four-year cohort – women’s cross country and track, softball, tennis and volleyball, as well as men’s golf. Overall, Kansas Athletics’ GSR is 79%, its highest mark since the NCAA began releasing this information in 2004.

This marks the second time this year the KU men’s basketball team has earned academic accolades. Last May the NCAA recognized KU’s men’s basketball team – plus the men’s and women’s cross country teams – for achieving perfect four-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores of 1,000, a score that places them among the nation’s top 10 percent in their respective sports. It marked the second consecutive year those three teams have earned this distinction.

The APR provides a real-time look at a team’s academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation, providing a measure of each team’s academic performance.