For the third straight year, all 16 of Kansas States athletic teams have met the NCAAs Academic Progress Rate multi-year standard.
By KELLIS ROBINETT
The Kansas City Star
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 womens golf, mens golf and mens 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 womens 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-States senior associate athletic director and senior womens 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 mens 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 APRs minimum standard face penalties, such as scholarship losses and postseason bans. No Big 12 teams face penalties.
Here is each K-State sports APR compared with the all-Division I average:
|Mens sport||APR (Big 12 rank)||D-I average|
|Cross country||1,000 (first)||975|
|Indoor track and field||944 (10th)||965|
|Outdoor track and field||946 (ninth)||968|
|Womens sport||APR (Big 12 rank)||D-I average|
|Cross country||991 (fourth)||983|
|Indoor track and field||963 (10th)||977|
|Outdoor track and field||968 (eighth)||978|
*Competes in Conference USA ** Rank within conference