May 14, 2014
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- Each of WKU's 19 athletic teams exceeded the NCAA-mandated 930 Academic Progress Rate (APR) score through the 2012-13 academic year by at least 16 points, the NCAA announced Wednesday. The most recent APR scores are a multi-year average of the 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years.
"Congratulations to our student-athletes and coaches on these outstanding APR numbers," said Director of Athletics Todd Stewart. "Every WKU sport has a multi-year APR above 945, and this past year marked the first time since the APR variable was introduced that every WKU sport exceeded a 930 APR in the same year. Our coaches recruit true student-athletes, and our athletes exhibit the same dedication in the classroom that they do in their sports."
WKU's volleyball program earned a perfect 1,000 APR score through 2012-13 and is one of just seven Sun Belt Conference schools to achieve a perfect APR score. In addition to volleyball, 10 other teams at WKU were at or above a 970, and all 19 were at or above a 946.
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.
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.
A total of 110 WKU student-athletes have earned their degrees in the last calendar year, with 34 graduating in December 2013 and 76 more at spring commencement this weekend or over the summer. The cumulative GPA of all 379 WKU student-athletes is 3.05, and 200 student-athletes, 53 percent, are maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Twelve of WKU's 15 sport programs hold a cumulative team GPA of 3.0 or better, and four are at or above 3.4 as a team.
WKU has had more student-athletes honored by the Sun Belt Conference for academic achievement than any other conference school for nine-consecutive years.
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