K-State No. 1 in Graduation Rate for Fourth Straight Year

K-State is No. 1 in the Big 12 in graduation rate

Oct. 27, 2010

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State can stake claim as the Big 12 leader in all-sports graduation rate for an unprecedented fourth straight year, while five Wildcat teams garnered the league’s top spot in their respective sports as the NCAA released its latest graduation rate data on Wednesday.

Both graduation success rate and four-class average data was released by the NCAA with Kansas State claiming top honors in both categories among its Big 12 counterparts.

“Graduating our student-athletes and providing them with a world-class experience remains our top priority here at K-State and I am extremely proud of the academic performance represented by these figures,” said Athletics Director John Currie. “Leading the Big 12 in all-sports graduation rate for the fourth straight year is a credit to the dedication of our student-athletes, academic commitment of our coaches and the outstanding work of the academic services staff and K-State's faculty members."

K-State’s graduation success rate of 81-percent, which studies the 2000-2003 cohort for all Division I institutions, bested Missouri for the top spot among Big 12 schools. The GSR reflects the federal graduation rate cohort and adds those student-athletes receiving aid who entered mid-year as well as those who transferred into the institution.

The Wildcats’ four-class average of 67-percent, which is based on data from scholarship student-athletes receiving aid who were designated as freshmen for the 2003-04 academic year, tied Iowa State for the highest ranking and marked the fourth straight year that Kansas State led the Big 12 in this category.

Individually, the football program’s four-class average of 71-percent led the Big 12, which also marks the fourth straight year for K-State football to rank first among league institutions.

Four other Wildcat programs collected Big 12-leading figures in graduation success rate data as the men’s and women’s golf teams’ rates of 100-percent ranked first. The men’s track and field team also scored high in the ratings with a league-leading 83-percent figure, while the baseball team’s rate of 81-percent rounded out the No. 1 rankings. The scores by both golf programs and the men’s track and field team marked the second time in the last three years that each of these programs garnered a No. 1 ranking among their Big 12 counterparts.

“K-State student-athletes take great pride in accomplishing their goals both on the playing field and in the classroom," said Jill Shields, Associate Athletics Director for Student Services. "The release of the NCAA graduation rates reflects the expectation and commitment of our student-athletes, coaches, staff, and administration.”

K-State had an exceptional year in the classroom in 2009-10 as student-athletes earned a total of 421 Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll accolades, including 97 perfect 4.0 grade-point averages, while also garnering 69 Academic All-Big 12 selections. Of the 69 Academic All-Big 12 honors, 21 came from track and field, 13 from football, nine cross country, seven baseball, four each from women’s basketball, volleyball and men’s golf, three from women’s tennis and two each from men’s basketball and women’s golf.

Four Wildcat student-athletes also earned a total of five Academic All-America accolades in 2009-10, including Jack Sachse in both cross country and track and field, Jeron Mastrud in football, JuliAnne Chisholm in volleyball and Ashley Sweat in women’s basketball.