All 19 WKU Athletic Teams Exceed NCAA Required 925 APR

 

Every one of Western Kentucky University’s 19 athletic teams has exceeded the NCAA’s mandated 925 Academic Progress Rate (APR) score, the NCAA announced today.  WKU joined the University of Denver and Troy University as the only three Sun Belt Conference institutions to have each of its sports teams exceed a 925 APR.  WKU’s women’s volleyball team posted a 995 APR, a mark that placed the Lady Toppers in the top 10 percent of all NCAA women’s Division I volleyball teams.

 

“This is a tremendous accomplishment and illustrates the high value our student-athletes and coaches place on academics across a wide spectrum of sports,” Director of Athletics Dr. Camden Wood Selig said.  “It also proves we are indeed recruiting student-athletes and are giving them the proper support structure and resources to succeed.  We have won 16 conference championships over the last two years, and it is very gratifying to know our success results from the contributions of true student-athletes.”

 

The NCAA released the Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores Wednesday of all NCAA Division I sports teams.   The most recent APR scores are multi-year rates based on the scores from the 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07 and 2007-08 academic years.  

 

The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete.  The APR includes eligibility, retention and graduation in the calculation and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport.  

 

WKU has had more individuals honored for their academic achievements by the Sun Belt Conference than any other league institution in each of the last four years, and 87% of WKU student-athletes who have exhausted their eligibility this decade have graduated.

 

WKU student-athletes in the university’s 19 sports are majoring in 76 different programs.   Following the first semester of the 2008-09 school year, ten of the university’s athletic teams maintained a cumulative team GPA of 3.0 or better.  Male student-athletes have an average cumulative GPA of 3.01, while female student-athletes have a cumulative 3.22 average.