UConn men's basketball team posts dramatic rise in graduation rate

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The UConn men's basketball program made a dramatic jump in Graduation Success Rates released Wednesday by the NCAA.

The Huskies achieved a GSR of 67 percent, triple its mark of a year ago. In 2014, as UConn was winning its most recent championship, the program's graduation rate was hit a low of 8 percent. It has risen steadily since.

To calculate GSR, the NCAA considers whether athletes graduate within six years of entering a program. The rates are a four-year rolling average, so athletes who began in 2007 through 2010 are included in the current numbers. The inclusion this year of the Huskies freshman class of 2010, which included Shabazz Napier, Tyler Olander and Neils Giffey, all of whom graduated in 2014, the number vastly improved.

Thirteen athletic programs at UConn compiled a 90 percent graduation rate or higher, according to the NCAA. The football team scored 80 percent, up 4 percent from last year. The women's basketball, field hockey, volleyball and men's and women's tennis teams all scored 100 percent. The overall rate was 89 percent.

"The Student-Athlete Success Program staff and our coaches continue to foster a culture of academic success," Athletic director David Benedict said in a statement released by UConn. "Our student-athletes have embraced this fully while continuing to perform at elite levels in competition. Graduating our student-athletes is and always will be a priority for the UConn Division of Athletics and this continuing trend of improvement in the Graduation Success Rates is a direct result of that emphasis."

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