STORRS, Conn. (WTNH)– The UConn men’s basketball team is expected to do well on the court this season but how are they doing in the classroom?
A new report shows graduation rates among the team members are improving but they’re still low compared to other top basketball schools.
You may remember, it was only three years ago, the UConn men were banned from post season play by the NCAA because of poor academics. This study shows that while graduation rates are slowly improving, UConn’s basketball program is still far behind other schools, and other teams within the school.
Two seasons ago, the UConn men’s basketball program had a graduation rate of just 8 percent. Last year, that improved to 17 percent, and this year it is up to 20 percent. An improvement, yes, but if you look at other successful basketball programs, such as every other team ranked in the top 25 this year, every other team does better. From Houston with 25 percent to defending champs Duke with a 100 percent graduation rate. The national average among college basketball is 77.
Now, top players who leave before graduation to play in the pros do count against graduation rates, but that’s not the only reason why UConn’s number is so low. A University spokesman says they are still dealing with the academic issues that got UConn banned from the postseason in 2013. He says changes made since then should make for much higher graduation rates in years to come.
They don’t have to look far to find a model for better rates. The UConn women’s basketball team…you know, the team that has won 10 national titles including the last three in a row and is predicted to win another one this year? What do you think their graduation rate is? 100 percent.
And keep in mind, as we talk about these number, players can take six years to get their bachelor’s degree and still get counted as graduates.