K-State Again Scores High Marks in Latest APR Report

Big 12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year Petra Niedermayerova

June 11, 2013

MANHATTAN, Kan. – All of Kansas State’s 16 athletic teams met and exceeded the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate multi-year standard for the third straight year as the NCAA released its latest Division I APR data from the 2011-12 academic year.

K-State scored record-high marks across the board for the third straight year. Also, the women’s golf, men’s golf 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 third straight for Coach Kristi Knight’s squad.

“Our student-athletes have collectively had one of the best all-around seasons in school history this year,” 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 three Big 12 Scholar Athlete of the Year honors and numerous individual academic accolades this season, 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 16 of our athletic programs.”

Kansas State’s highest ratings came from the three programs that earned Public Recognition Awards as they scored perfect 1000 marks to lead the Big 12, while the women’s cross country (.991) and women’s basketball teams (.990) were close behind.

Other scores included: women’s rowing (.972), women’s outdoor track and field (.968), women’s indoor track and field (.963), men’s basketball (.964), baseball (.954), football (.948), men’s outdoor track and field (.946), women’s tennis (.945), men’s indoor track and field (.944). Also of note, the football team scored a current year .969 for 2011-12 while men’s basketball earned a .981.

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 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 academic years.

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

K-State has had another outstanding academic year in 2012-13. The Wildcats saw 73 current or former student-athletes earn degrees in 2012-13 while a total of 236 earned Big 12 Commissioner’s honor roll accolades this spring, the most on the list since 2008.

In addition, a total of 95 Wildcat student-athletes earned Academic All-Big 12 recognition in all sports during the 2012-13 athletic season, while senior women’s basketball player Brittany Chambers, junior outfielder Jared King and Niedermayerova from women’s tennis all earned the inaugural Big 12 Scholar Athlete of the Year award in their respective sports.

On the field, K-State became just the second Big 12 school and fourth BCS program since the BCS era began in 1998 to win league championships in football, men’s basketball and baseball in the same academic year, joining Stanford (1999-2000), Texas (2005-06) and Louisville (2012-13). It also became the first Big 12 school to win coach of the year honors in football, men’s basketball and baseball in the same season.