All WKU Sport Programs Post 950+ Multi-Year APR for First Time in School History

Every program exceeded a 950 APR score for the first time ever.
April 20, 2016 BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – For the first time in school history, every Hilltopper athletic program has posted a four-year comprehensive Annual Progress Rate (APR) score of 950 or higher through the 2014-15 year, 20 points above the NCAA’s 930 minimum, the organization announced on Wednesday.

The APR provides a real-time look at a program's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance. This year, the APR score was a multi-year average of the 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years.

Last week, WKU’s volleyball and women’s tennis teams were honored with the Public Recognition Award for having a perfect 1,000 APR score for the reporting year. It marked the first time since 2004-05 that WKU has had multiple teams receive the honor in consecutive seasons. Travis Hudson’s volleyball team has received the honor in 11 consecutive seasons, spanning the entirety of the Recognition program – one of only five volleyball teams in the nation to do so.

Including volleyball and tennis, nine WKU programs were at 975 or higher. Last year, Hilltopper student-athletes contributed to what was then a school first, posting APR marks of 947 or higher across the board. WKU is one of only eight C-USA member institutions to have all programs at 950 or higher in the 2014-15 APR report.

The Division I Board of Directors set a score of 930 as the threshold for teams to meet or face possible immediate and historical sanctions. Programs falling below the 930 benchmark face penalties such as practice time reduction, scholarship reduction and possible postseason bans.

A total of 111 WKU student-athletes have graduated in the past calendar year, with 79 earning their degrees in May 2015 and 32 in December 2015. The average cumulative GPA of the 111 was 3.03. Earlier this month, 155 WKU student-athletes were recognized by Conference USA for their academic performance of maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better during the 2015-16 academic year, and 41 were honored for maintaining a GPA above 3.75 with the C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal.