Kansas Scores Well in Latest NCAA GSR Data

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Ten Kansas programs registered at least an 80 percent graduation success rate (GSR), with three contributing perfect scores, and the Jayhawks combined to post a combined 84 percent GSR in the latest data released by the NCAA on Wednesday. As a whole, the department was one percentage point off last year’s department-record-tying 85, and has achieved an 84 percent or higher in each of the past four years.

For the fourth year in a row, Kansas men’s basketball posted a perfect four-year GSR, meaning for a four-year average all student-athletes either graduated or left the program in good academic standing. The men’s golf program achieved the feat for its third consecutive season, and women’s golf reached perfection in back-to-back reports. This year’s numbers reflect a four-year average for students who entered college from 2005-08.

Ten out of 14 Kansas programs with scores – cross country and track are grouped together – posted 80 percent GSRs or higher, including five with scores of 90 or higher.  

There is no NCAA penalty for a poor GSR score and conversely no reward, but the number provides a more accurate snapshot of student-athlete academic performance than the federal graduation rate. The Graduation Success Rate includes transfer students and student-athletes who leave in good academic standing, unlike the federal rate, which does not count transfers. The GSR and federal rate calculations measure graduation over six years from initial college enrollment.

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