K-State Records Record Marks in Latest APR Report

Women's golf led the Big 12 with its perfect 1,000 APR score

May 24, 2011

MANHATTAN, Kan. – All of Kansas State’s 16 athletic teams met and exceeded the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate multi-year standard of 925 as the NCAA released its latest Division I APR data from the 2009-10 academic year Tuesday.

Kansas State, which has led the Big 12 in graduation rate in each of the last four years, scored record-high marks across the board and for the first time since the APR guidelines were established seven years ago, all K-State teams bettered the standard. Also, the women’s golf and women’s basketball programs were awarded APR Public Recognition distinction for posting multi-year APRs in the top 10 percent of all squads in each sport.

“We are very proud of our student-athletes, coaches and support staff for their commitment to academic success,” said Jill Shields, Associate AD for Student Services/SWA. “In addition to our No. 1 all-sports graduation rate, we are very pleased that all 16 of our sports have exceeded the NCAA’s standard of 925 and maintained such high program standards not only on the field, but also in the classroom and in the community.”

Kansas State’s highest rating came from its women’s golf team as it scored a perfect 1,000 to lead the Big 12, while the women’s basketball team scored a 995, which ranked second, and the men’s golf team a 994.

Also noted, the men’s basketball team scored a 937 to soar past the 925 mark after raising its multi-year score by a total of 57 points over the last four seasons under head coach Frank Martin.

Other scores included: women’s cross country (973), women’s rowing (973), men’s cross country (972), volleyball (963), women’s track (961), baseball (949), football (940), women’s tennis (939) and men’s track (932).

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 Division I Board of Directors set cut scores of 925 and 900 (out of 1,000) as a threshold for teams to meet or face possible immediate and historical sanctions.

K-State had another outstanding academic year in 2010-11. Four players were named Academic All-Americans, while four others were selected to the Academic All-District VII team. In all, 102 student-athletes were named to Academic All-Big 12 first and second team squads, while a combined 426 student-athletes were named to the Spring 2010 and Fall 2011 Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

Also, K-State was one of just two Big 12 schools in the Big 12 and 14 across the nation this season to have its football team in a bowl game and both basketball teams in the NCAA Tournament.

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