Five Programs Record Big 12-Leading APR Marks

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Highlighted by Big 12-leading marks from the football, men’s golf, women’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 multi-year standard for the fourth straight year as the NCAA released its latest Division I APR data from the 2012-13 academic year. 

Also, the women’s golf, men’s golf, women’s cross country and men’s cross country programs were awarded APR Public Recognition distinction for posting multi-year APRs in the top 10 percent of all squads in each sport. In fact, the honor for women’s golf was the fourth straight for Coach Kristi Knight’s squad, while the men’s cross country team has been honored three straight years.

“Our student-athletes have collectively had yet another outstanding year in the classroom, evidenced by this year’s APR scores which rank among the best in our history,” said Jill Shields, Senior Associate AD for Student Services/SWA. “We continue to be proud of our student-athletes, coaches, support staff and faculty for their commitment to success both on the field and in the classroom. In addition to numerous Academic All-Big 12 and All-District accolades, 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.”

Kansas State’s highest ratings came from the four programs that earned Public Recognition Awards as they scored perfect 1000 marks to lead the Big 12, while the volleyball (.989) and women’s basketball teams (.985) were close behind. The football team’s four-year score of .968 was also the best among all Big 12 schools.

Also of note, the men’s basketball and volleyball teams scored perfect current year marks (1.000) for 2012-13, while men’s outdoor track (.991) and football (.986) had outstanding current year marks.

Other four-year scores included: men’s basketball (.974), rowing (.971), men’s outdoor track (.956), baseball (.954), women’s outdoor track (.954), women’s tennis (.952), men’s indoor track (.950) and women’s indoor track (.949).

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 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years.

For more information on the Academic Progress Rate, please visit the NCAA website at

K-State has had another outstanding academic year in 2013-14. A total of eight student-athletes were Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award winners, which were the second most among all Big 12 schools, while 260 were named to the Fall 2013 Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll, the most since 2008. K-State has also seen 92 student-athletes earn Academic All-Big 12 recognition this year.