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November 10, 1998


Student-athletes who entered Kansas University in 1991 graduated at a higher rate than the entire student population in a study released by the NCAA last weekend.

Fifty-six percent of the student-athletes who entered KU in 1991-92 school year graduated in a six-year period. The entire KU student population graduated at a 54 percent clip.

In a four-class average (1988, 89, 90, 91), KU's student-athletes graduated at a 57 percent clip, compared to 56 percent for all KU students.

The NCAA began tracking graduation rates in 1984, using a formula that counts all transfer students -- even if they go elsewhere and graduate -- against the rates of their original school. It allows six years to complete a degree program. Thus, graduation rates for the 1992 freshman class will be compiled and announced next year.

Here are some KU graduation rates for the class of 1991-92.

Football: 36 percent graduation rate; four-class average 40 percent.

"I'd like to see that improve. Looking back at the time, I remembered that would be a challenging group," KU associate athletics director for student support services Paul Buskirk said. "That's why I'm so excited about Terry Allen and where he is now."

Men's basketball: 50 percent graduation rate, 50 percent four-class average.

"Calvin Rayford finished his degree a month after the six years expired, and we couldn't count him," Buskirk said. "That's why these figures can be frustrating."

Women's basketball: 50 percent, four-class average 69 percent.

Baseball: 50 percent, four-class average 50 percent.

Men's cross country and track: 67 percent, four-class average 55 percent.

Other men's sports combined such as golf, swimming, tennis: 67 percent, four-class average 68 percent.

Women's cross country and track: 100 percent, four-class average 65 percent.

Other women's sports combined such as golf, swimming, tennis: 61 percent, four class average 73 percent.

"It tells me a little bit. It's difficult because it's old information," Buskirk said. "To me the graduation rate is a measurement of academic success, but not the only one. Student transfers are something we can't control.

"I like to look at grade point averages. Ours continue to soar and our record-setting Jayhawk Scholars last spring and our Academic All-America count continue to rise. I know our commitment and the commitment of our student-athletes is great."

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