The NCAA released its latest Graduation Success Rate figures today.
Kansas’ athletic programs improved their total GSR to 85 percent, up from 79 last year and the highest in the department’s history. Missouri also showed gains, posting an 84 percent overall score, up from 81 percent last year.
But Kansas State’s overall GSR was 77 percent, down slightly from 78 percent from last year and 81 percent from its 2003 class.
The NCAA offers no penalties or rewards for GSR scores. The scores measure graduation rates within six years from an athlete’s initial enrollment. This year’s numbers reflect a four-year average for students who entered college from 2002-05. The numbers are different from the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rates, which can affect scholarship numbers if programs score too low.
KU’s men’s basketball team posted a perfect 100 percent GSR, well above the national average for men’s hoops (74), while the football program posted a 72, slightly above the national average (70) for football teams. Five other programs — men’s golf, women’s track/cross country, softball, women’s tennis and volleyball — also posted perfect scores.
“We expect quality results like this from our student-athletes,” KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger said in a statement. “We insist on responsibility in their personal lives and competitive excellence on the field of play. That is the best way to compete for conference and national championships, while at the same time preparing for a competitive world after college.”
Missouri’s overall GSR ranks third in the Southeastern Conference, behind only Vanderbilt (91) and Alabama (85). The Tigers had perfect scores in men’s and women’s golf, women’s swimming and diving and women’s tennis and women’s basketball (92), gymnastics (91), softball (95) and soccer (92) also scored over 90 percent. The football team also was above average at 73 percent, up from 66 percent last year, but the men’s basketball team scored 67 percent, same as last year.
“We are very pleased with our numbers in the latest report,” said Joe Scogin, Missouri associate athletic director for academic services. “We take great pride in the academic experience we provide to our student-athletes at Mizzou. They are expected to perform at a very high level in the classroom, just as they are in their sport, and the numbers show that they are doing exactly that.”
K-State’s GSRs were best in men’s golf, women’s basketball and women’s golf. All three sports achieved 100 percent ratings.
But K-State did not perform as well in football and men’s basketball. Both of those sports graduation rates ranked near the bottom of the Big 12 at 58 percent. In football, Oklahoma was last with a 47 percent graduation success rate and Texas also came in at 58 percent. In men’s basketball, Iowa State and Oklahoma State were lower at 50 percent.
UMKC had an overall GSR of 84 and had a perfect score in men’s tennis. The men’s (91) and women’s (93) basketball teams were among five Kangaroos programs over 90 percent.