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Four K-State teams lead Big 12 in multi-year Academic Progress Rates

Updated: 2013-06-12T05:05:53Z

By KELLIS ROBINETT

The Kansas City Star

For the third straight year, all 16 of Kansas State’s athletic teams have met the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate multi-year standard.

The NCAA released its multi-year APR data for Division I athletic departments from the 2011-12 academic year on Tuesday. Three of the Wildcats’ programs performed the best. The women’s golf, men’s golf and men’s cross country teams were awarded APR Public Recognition distinction for posting perfect scores of 1,000.

All three teams led the Big 12 in APR in their sport. The Wildcats’ women’s basketball team also led the Big 12 with a 990 APR. Only Texas, with 10 teams atop the conference in APR, had more Big 12 APR leaders than the Wildcats, who tied Iowa State with four.

“Our student-athletes have collectively had one of the best all-around seasons in school history this year,” Jill Shields, K-State’s senior associate athletic director and senior women’s administrator, said in a statement. “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.”

The men’s basketball team posted a score of 964, which is above the Division I average, but baseball (954) and football (948) finished below average. The Wildcats had a 15-sport APR average of 968.93, which ranked ninth. Texas led the Big 12 with a 988.45 APR average.

The APR measures the eligibility, retention and graduation of student-athletes over a five-year span and is as a predictor of graduation success. The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2008-09 through 2011-12 academic years. Teams that fail to meet the APR’s minimum standard face penalties, such as scholarship losses and postseason bans. No Big 12 teams face penalties.

Here is each K-State sport’s APR compared with the all-Division I average:

Men’s sportAPR (Big 12 rank)D-I average
Baseball954 (seventh)965
Football948 (fifth)949
Basketball964 (fifth)952
Cross country1,000 (first)975
Golf1,000 (first)974
Indoor track and field944 (10th)965
Outdoor track and field946 (ninth)968

Women’s sportAPR (Big 12 rank)D-I average
Basketball990 (first)967
Cross country991 (fourth)983
Golf1,000 (first)986
Rowing*972 (n/a)986
Tennis945 (10th)982
Indoor track and field963 (10th)977
Outdoor track and field968 (eighth)978
Volleyball979 (eighth)980

*Competes in Conference USA ** Rank within conference

To reach Kellis Robinett, send email to krobinett@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/KellisRobinett.

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