|espnW.com: College Sports|
STORRS, Conn. -- The NCAA says that Connecticut's basketball program -- already banned from the postseason for failing to meet other academic standards -- has a graduation rate of just 11 percent.
The one-year measurement, released Thursday for freshman who enrolled in 2005-06, was far below the national average of 74 percent for men's basketball.
Athletic Director Warde Manual, who took that job this year, says the school is committed to improving the program's academic performance and already has implemented changes that are designed to do that.
He pointed to improvements last year in the program's Academic Progress Rate as a sign that those changes are working.
UConn also pointed out that 14 of its 19 athletic programs have graduation success rates at or above the national average.