K-State programs record high Academic Progress Rate marks

K-State Athletics Communications

All of Kansas State University’s athletic teams met and exceeded the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate multiyear standard for the fifth straight year. (Photo: K-State Athletics Communications)

Highlighted by Big 12-leading marks from the football, volleyball, men’s golf, men’s cross-country and women’s cross-country programs, all of Kansas State’s athletic teams met and exceeded the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate multiyear standard for the fifth straight year as the NCAA released its latest Division I APR data from the 2013-14 academic year. 

The Academic Progress Rate measures the eligibility, retention and graduation of student-athletes competing on every Division I sports team and also serves as a predictor of graduation success. The most recent APRs are multiyear rates based on scores from the 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years. 

The volleyball, men’s golf, women’s cross-country and men’s cross-country programs also were awarded APR Public Recognition distinction for posting multiyear APRs in the top 10 percent of all squads in each sport. The honor for the men’s cross-country team is the third straight, while it marks the second straight honor for the men’s golf and women’s cross-country teams.

“We are proud of our student-athletes, coaches, support staff and faculty for their commitment to being successful both on the field and in the classroom,” said Jill Shields, senior associate athletic director for student services/SWA. “This cumulative report is further proof of our dedication to across-the-board academic success, and we are very pleased with the performance of all of our athletic programs.” 

K-State’s highest ratings came from the four programs that earned Public Recognition Awards —  volleyball, men’s golf, women’s cross-country and men’s cross-country programs — as they scored perfect 1000 marks to lead the Big 12, while the women’s golf (.986) and women’s basketball (.985) scores were close behind. The football team’s four-year score of .976 also was the best among all Big 12 schools, marking the second straight year K-State has led the league. 

Also of note, seven programs recorded perfect current year marks as the men’s golf, women’s basketball, women’s cross-country, women’s tennis, women’s track and field (both indoor and outdoor) and volleyball teams had marks of 1000.

Other four-year scores included: men’s basketball (.980), rowing (.973), men’s outdoor track (.958), baseball (.955), women’s outdoor track (.973), women’s tennis (.969), men’s indoor track (.948) and women’s indoor track (.968).

K-State Athletics celebrated a number of other academic achievements in 2014-15. Five student-athletes were Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award winners, while 269 were named to the Fall 2014 Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll, the most since 2008, as more than half of all Wildcat student-athletes achieved a 3.0 or higher GPA. K-State saw 82 student-athletes graduate this fall and spring, while 125 earned Academic All-Big 12 distinction this year.

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