FB, MGLF, WXC Lead the Way in Shining APR Report

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Highlighted by Big 12-leading marks from the football, men’s golf and women’s cross country programs, all of Kansas State’s athletic teams met and exceeded the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate multi-year standard for the sixth straight year as the NCAA released its latest Division I APR data from the 2014-15 academic year.

Also, the men’s golf and women’s cross country programs were awarded APR Public Recognition distinction for the third straight year after posting multi-year APRs in the top 10 percent of all squads in each sport.

“We are proud of our student-athletes, coaches, support staff and faculty for their continued commitment to excellence in the classroom,” said Jill Shields, Executive Associate AD for Student Services/SWA. “This report is a terrific measure of current academic achievement and further proof of our dedication to across-the-board academic success.”

Kansas State’s highest ratings came from the two programs that earned Public Recognition Awards as they scored perfect 1000 marks to lead the Big 12, while the volleyball (.995), women’s golf (.993), women’s basketball (.991), men’s cross country (.986), men’s basketball (.975) and women’s rowing (.975) were all near the top among their Big 12 counterparts.

The football team’s four-year score of .975 was also the best among all Big 12 schools, marking the third straight year K-State has led the league.

Also of note, a total of six programs recorded perfect current year marks as the men’s cross country, men’s golf, women’s basketball, women’s cross country, women’s golf and women’s tennis teams had perfect 1000 marks.

Other four-year scores included: baseball (.944), men’s basketball (.975), men’s cross country (.986), football (.975), men’s track and field (.950), women’s basketball (.991), women’s rowing (.975), women’s golf (.993), women’s tennis (.969), women’s track and field (.966) and women’s volleyball (.995).

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. Each year, the NCAA tracks the classroom performance of student-athletes on every Division I team through the annual scorecard of academic achievement, known as APR. The score measures eligibility and retention each semester or quarter and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport. The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years.

For more information on the Academic Progress Rate, please visit the NCAA website at www.ncaa.org.

K-State, recently elevated to Tier 1 institution status by the Carnegie Foundation, has had another outstanding academic year in 2015-16. A total of seven student-athletes were Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award winners, while 255 were named to the Fall 2015 Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll, and more than half of all Wildcat student-athletes achieved a 3.0 or higher GPA.