All 19 WKU Athletic Teams Exceed NCAA-Required 925 APR Score

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Each of WKU's 19 athletic teams exceeded the NCAA-mandated 925 Academic Progress Rate (APR) score through the 2010-11 academic year, the NCAA announced Wednesday.

All of WKU's athletic teams have been above the 925 threshold every year since the NCAA began tracking APR, which is a real-time measure of eligibility and retention of student-athletes competing on every Division I sports team. The most recent APR scores are a multi-year average of the 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 academic years.

WKU is one of eight Sun Belt Conference schools to be above the 925 figure in all sports in the most recent NCAA release. WKU's volleyball program earned a perfect 1,000 APR score through 2010-11 and is one of 10 Sun Belt Conference teams to record a perfect score.

WKU joins the University of Kentucky, Morehead State University and Murray State University as the only schools in the Commonwealth of Kentucky to see all of its teams exceed 925.

The Division I Board of Directors set scores of 925 and 900 as thresholds for teams to meet or face possible immediate and historical sanctions. An APR of 925 currently predicts an approximately 50 percent Graduation Success Rate (GSR), and an APR of 900 currently predicts an approximately 40 percent GSR. Programs falling below the 925 benchmark face penalties such as practice time reduction, scholarship reduction and possible postseason bans.

The cumulative GPA of all 385 WKU student-athletes is 3.05, and over 200 student-athletes, 54 percent, are maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Eleven of WKU’s 15 sport programs hold a cumulative team GPA of 3.0 or better, and five are at or above 3.4 as a team. A total of 120 student-athletes have graduated in the last calendar year, with 46 finishing their degrees in December of 2011 and 74 others in May of 2012. Each of WKU’s 19 sports is represented among the 120 student-athletes.