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KU athletic department records third-highest GPA in school history

June 11, 2010

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Kansas University student-athletes recorded the third-highest grade-point average in department history, the school announced Friday, with a combined 3.01 GPA for the spring semester.

The women's golf team set a new KU record grade-point average of 3.62, while the softball and football teams recorded new team bests of 3.35 and 2.75, respectively. Nine of KU's 15 teams posted a GPA of 3.0 or better.

The KU tennis team produced its second-highest grade-point average in history with a 3.48, while the volleyball team recorded a 3.46. Other sports posting a 3.0 or better were: swimming and diving (3.33), women's track and field (3.19), rowing (3.14), soccer (3.11) and men's golf (3.01).

Other team GPA's included the spirit squad (2.88), men's track and field (2.85), women's basketball (2.80), men's basketball (2.73) and baseball (2.69).

On the Athletic Director's Honor Roll, 55 percent of students on active rosters (277 total) achieved a 3.0 GPA or better. Of those 277 student-athletes, 35 posted a GPA of 4.0 or better.

Members of the Athletic Director's Honor Roll will be honored during halftime of a football game in 2010.

Comments

Alfred_W 4 years, 6 months ago

That darn Lew Perkins! He sure has messed everything up!

parrothead8 4 years, 6 months ago

Athletes getting higher grades, more money coming in, more success on the field...I blame the Athletic Director for all these problems.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 4 years, 6 months ago

Wait for it... the haters are coming... this, too, is the work of the devil, and we will soon be reminded of it... just wait....

Jayhawktriplegrad 4 years, 6 months ago

Perkins absolutely deserves credit for increased emphasis on student athelete academics and improved facilities. And yes he brought in much more money, but where did it go? He makes millions, his assistants are well paid (some apparently not as much as they wanted), and we still don't know about expense accounts. Budget in upper reaches of Big XII, but success on the field? Aside from basketball, which was doing fine when he arrived and football, also on the rise before he came--other sports still doing same or worse as when he came. Oh and as for the facilities, can you say $40 million debt?

Frightwig 4 years, 6 months ago

I think you owe an apology to some fine Jayhawk athletes for assuming that they haven't done very well. KU teams have done plenty to be proud of. This year, a record number (7) of Jayhawk baseball players got selected during the MLB draft. Womens cross country had their best finish in 15 years this past season. Womens basketball has been outstanding for the past few years. Track and Field: Jordan Scott won the NCAA pole vault title this week, Mason Finley placed second at the NCAA Championships. KU javelin thrower Scott Russell was good enough to compete in the Summer Olympics in Beijing. I could go on, but I think you get the picture.

KU_cynic 4 years, 6 months ago

First, individual athletes and teams that did well in terms of grades deserve praise. Great job, women's golf (GPA 3.62)!

Second, those teams with low GPAs need to do better: women's b-ball (2.80), football (2.75), men's basketball (2.73), and baseball (2.69).

The unconditional average GPA for all KU students is something like 3.2 to 3.3, and large-team GPAs greater than 0.5 below that suggest really falling short of the rest of the student body. And, many student athletes are not in the more demanding and rigorous academic programs but rather "stay eligible" majors such as sports management or comm studies, so the poor GPAs for many teams are even worse than they appear.

That said, it's better to be getting better than getting worse. Congrats to Associate AD Paul Buskirk, the man who's really behind the "student" among student-athletes. When Lew Perkins and his cronies are swept away in a little more than a year I hope that the new AD has the good judgment to retain Buskirk and maybe give him a big raise.

betti81 4 years, 6 months ago

Don't forget that Student-Athletes miss far more classes then the 'average' students making in much more difficult for them to remain caught up in classes. They also have more tutoring resources and have their time managed for them which helps balance that out. I think they have plenty to be proud of with these averages. I don't think they are "really falling short of the rest of the student body" considering the obstacles they face when traveling and practicing as they do.

Richard Heckler 4 years, 6 months ago

"He’s the guy who doubled the athletic department’s budget"

Maybe this is more about reckless spending than going down as an achievement?

When KU students talk about athletes class attendance and whether or not they pay attention they don't come off as great students..... of course there are exceptions.

It's not about the overall grade point average.

It's more about how did each student athlete perform?

sundancewierdo 4 years, 6 months ago

The cheerleaders are almost as dumb at the football players. LMAO! All kidding aside, great job students. I'm proud to be a Jayhawk!

volunteer 4 years, 6 months ago

Last spring as I watched a softball game with a parent of a softball scholarship player, I asked what the academics were like for his daughter compared to high school

This dad replied that he was sorry to say that his daughter had found high school more challenging academically than KU. Here she was told which professors give the same tests each year, and scholarship daughter was given a copy of the tests and the answers. And a one on one tutor for each of the four classes she takes each semester.

He described his daughter's academics at KU as sort of a joke.

Eride 4 years, 6 months ago

KU Athletics as a whole has vastly improved under Lew's guidence... I hope whoever replaces him is capable of carrying on to his standards.

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