For the sixth straight year, the Kansas men’s basketball program achieved a perfect 1000 in the NCAA’s annual Academic Progress Rate, according to numbers released Tuesday by the KU athletic department. The mark means that the program’s multiyear rate, calculated from the previous four academic years, stayed at 1000 and earned special recognition from the NCAA.
The women’s cross country team also maintained its perfect multiyear rate, while all 18 scholarship programs at KU stayed above the requisite measure of 925, which the NCAA says indicates good academic standing.
The current APR statistics, which will be released by the NCAA on Wednesday, are for the four years from 2007-08 to 2010-11. The APR mark for each sport is based off scholarship athletes and their continuing presence and academic eligibility at their institution for each semester.
“We could not accomplish these results without the effort of the student-athletes, coaches, our dedicated faculty and our academic-support staff,” said Paul Buskirk, associate athletic director for student-athlete support services.
The numbers also bode well for Kansas in the future. Last year, the NCAA passed legislation that will require programs to have a four-year rate of at least 930 — or miss postseason play. Under the new rules, the UConn men’s basketball team will miss the postseason in 2013. Other teams could be affected as well.
For the KU men’s basketball program, a program that has seen a cadre of transfers and early NBA Draft entrees since 2007, maintaining the mark comes with a few extra hurdles.
According to Buskirk, transfers do not count against a program if the player transfers to a four-year school and leaves in good academic standing. Likewise, draft entrees must land on a professional roster and maintain their eligibility for the following fall semester. On Tuesday, Buskirk said that Thomas Robinson, the program’s latest early entry, had taken care of business during the spring semester.
“I make a deal with all my guys,” Self said. “It sounds pretty mean to say, but we talk about it every first practice, if you leave out of here in any way, shape or form, and put us in position to lose a scholarship, you’ll never be invited back, ever.”
Self added that he’d seen the numbers from this past semester, and the streak will likely be seventh when the 2011-12 year is reported 12 months from now.
"I think there’s a correlation between being good on the court and taking care of business off the court," Self said. "It’s amazing to me, the better we do in the classroom, it seems like the more games we win."
Full list of KU’s multiyear rates: Program, APR Baseball, 961 Men’s Basketball, 1000 Men’s Cross Country, 994 Football, 971 Men’s Golf, 978 Men’s Track, Indoor, 947 Men’s Track, Outdoor, 942 Women’s Basketball, 982 Women’s Cross Country, 1000 Women’s Rowing, 978 Women’s Golf, 986 Women’s Softball, 996 Women’s Soccer, 979 Women’s Swimming, 971 Women’s Tennis, 986 Women’s Track, Indoor, 963 Women’s Track, Outdoor, 964 Women’s Volleyball, 965