WKU Volleyball, Tennis Earn Top 10 Percent APR Honor

Top 10 Percent APR
May 20, 2015 BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — The WKU volleyball and tennis programs were honored by the NCAA Wednesday for having a multiyear Academic Progress Rate (APR) score in the top 10 percent nationally in the sport through the 2013-14 academic year, which marks the 10th-straight year the Lady Topper Volleyball program has ranked in the top 10 percent nationally.

This year is the first time since 2008-09 WKU has seen multiple programs lauded with top-10 percent recognition.

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.

The programs recognized Wednesday posted multiyear APRs in the top 10 percent of all squads in each sport. The full APR report will be released on May 27.

A total of 104 WKU student-athletes have graduated in the past calendar year, with 79 earning their degrees this spring and 25 others in December. The average cumulative GPA of the 104 is 3.13.

Earlier this spring, WKU recognized 56 student-athletes who received Conference USA Academic Medals for having a grade point average of 3.75 or higher, the most of any school in the league, and a total of 197 WKU student-athletes, nearly 54 percent of its total number, earned Commissioner’s Honor Roll recognition from C-USA for maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better during the 2014-15 academic year.

In the NCAA's latest full APR release in spring 2014, each of WKU's 19 teams exceeded the mandated 930 APR score by at least 16 points. WKU and Rice are the only C-USA schools in which every sponsored sport has an APR of 946 or higher.