Five K-State programs score Big 12-leading APR marks

By The Mercury

Kansas State is doing something right, better than most of the rest of the Big 12, in fact.

Highlighted by league-leading marks from the football, men’s golf, women’s golf, men’s cross country and women’s cross country programs, all of K-State’s teams met and exceeded the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate multi-year standard for the fourth straight year.

Information for the latest Division-I data is from the 2012-13 academic year.

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 picture of the academic culture in each sport. The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years.

For the Wildcats, women’s golf, men’s golf, women’s cross country 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 fourth straight for head coach Kristi Knight’s squad, while the men’s cross country team has been honored three straight years.

K-State’s highest ratings came from the four programs that earned Public Recognition Awards as they scored perfect 1000 marks to lead the Big 12, while the volleyball (.989) and women’s basketball teams (.985) were close behind.

The football team’s four-year score of .968 was also the best among all Big 12 schools.

Also of note, the men’s basketball and volleyball teams scored perfect current-year marks (1.000) for 2012-13, while men’s outdoor track (.991) and football (.986) had outstanding current year marks.

Other four-year scores included men’s basketball (.974), rowing (.971), men’s outdoor track (.956), baseball (.954), women’s outdoor track (.954), women’s tennis (.952), men’s indoor track (.950) and women’s indoor track (.949).

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