UCLA's Student-Athlete Success in the Classroom- Making Us Proud

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There are two reports published by the NCAA related to academics. There is the academic progress rate (APR), which reports current progress in the classroom. There is also the graduation progress rate (GPR), for which the NCAA released its most recent results yesterday. The NCAA tracks all athletes who receive financial aid, and allows 6 years for graduation. The just published GPR results are for the academic year 2011-2012. Working back 6 years, this covers student-athletes who enrolled in 2006. So there is a real lag in these numbers, compared to the APR results. The NCAA also does a rolling 4 year average, so the single numbers by sport or school actually reflect student-athletes who enrolled beginning in 2003 through 2006.

With that said, UCLA met or exceeded the national average in every sport in the yesterday's NCAA report. The highest grades were 100 for men’s tennis, women’s basketball, softball and women’s water polo. UCLA also scored at 85 or higher in men’s and women’s track/cross country, men’s volleyball, men’s water polo, women’s crew, women’s gymnastics, and women’s swimming.

The low marks for UCLA were men’s basketball at 60, men’s baseball at 69, men’s golf at 71, and women’s volleyball at 79.

Part of the reason for the lower marks in basketball, baseball and golf must be the impact of players turning pro before they graduate. This hits the GPR number, no matter how diligent the student-athlete may have been in the classroom up to the time they left campus.

Since we are talking about 2003-2006 classes, these results also do not for the most part reflect current coaching staffs. For example, it is certainly possible that the softball players are continuing to achieve 100% graduation rates. But the numbers reported include 3 classes recruited by Sue Enquist, and only one for current coach Inouye-Perez. Sue Enquist clearly built a powerhouse on the field and in the classroom.

The high mark for football is for classes recruited by Karl Dorrell. He was obviously a disaster on the field, and he didn’t cure the "over the wall" crap, but his players did hit the books.

In terms of how the Bruins rank in conference, there is an overall rate for each school. Here are the results for each team in the Pac-10 for the 2006 entering class-

Stanford 97
Arizona State 82
Oregon 81
Washington 81
Oregon State 79
UC Berkeley 78
Washington St 78
$C 77
Arizona 73

It is clearly a credit to our student-athletes that UCLA ranked second in the conference overall in this academic measure. And hats off to $C for showing that you can combine cheating with your pocketbook and poor academic performance.

<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of BruinsNation's (BN) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of BN's editors.</em>

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