K-State Scores High Marks in APR Report

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State, which has led the Big 12 in graduation rate in each of the last three years, scored high marks and ranked among the leaders in the Big 12 Conference as the NCAA released its latest Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR) data from the 2008-09 academic year Wednesday.

The Academic Progress Rate, now in its sixth year, 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.

All but one of Kansas State's athletic teams met or exceeded the multi-year standard set by the NCAA. Kansas State's highest rating came from its men's golf program as it scored a 994, which was the third-highest among Big 12 golf programs, while the women's golf program checked in at 992. Other scores included: women's basketball (985), rowing (971), volleyball (970), men's cross country (967), women's track (964), women's tennis (957), baseball (942), women's cross country (939), football (934) and men's track (930).

"Academic success and degree completion are a top priority for us at K-State and the results of that commitment are evident in this latest APR report," said Jill Shields, Associate AD for Student Services. "Combined with our No. 1 graduation rate in the Big 12, these latest figures demonstrate the hard work and dedication of our student-athletes, coaches, faculty and academic staff."

The men's basketball program, which has increased its multi-year rate by 44 points over the last three seasons under head coach Frank Martin, scored a 924 to fall just one point below the 925 plateau but is on track to surge past that figure next season. Its score for just the 2008-09 academic year was 958.

K-State continues to rank among the league's best in terms of academic success as it currently leads the Big 12 Conference in graduation rate with a four-class average of 67-percent, while the football and men's basketball programs also are currently No. 1 in the league at 66-percent and 75-percent, respectively, in the same category.

The athletics department had another outstanding academic year in 2009-10. Three student-athletes were named Academic All-Americans, while eight others were selected to the Academic All-District VII team. In all, 58 student-athletes were named to Academic All-Big 12 squads, while a combined 421 student-athletes were named to the Fall 2009 and Spring 2010 Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll.

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