All Programs Record High APR Marks

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- 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 multi-year standard for the fifth straight year as the NCAA released its latest Division I APR data from the 2013-14 academic year.

Also, the volleyball, 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 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 AD 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."

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 women's golf (.986) and women's basketball (.985) scores were close behind. The football team's four-year score of .976 was also the best among all Big 12 schools, marking the second straight year K-State has led the league.

Also of note, a total of 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).

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 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 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 2014-15. A total of 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 past fall and spring, while 125 earned Academic All-Big 12 distinction this year.