Kansas: Academic Progress Rate

Lawrence, Kan. ---Fifteen of the University of Kansas' 18 intercollegiate athletics programs meet or exceed the NCAA's new Academic Progress Rate (APR) guidelines, according to NCAA statistics announced today.

KU Athletics Director Lew Perkins said he is confident that KU's results will be even better a year from now, after coaches, student-athletes and administrators grow more accustomed to the standards.

The new APR stresses eligibility and retention, which, according to the NCAA Board of Directors, are solid indicators of academic success and potential for graduation.

"This measure of academics (the APR) is brand-new to everyone," Perkins said. "Now that we understand what the APR is and what the standards are, we fully expect our programs to adjust to the new measurement."

Perkins noted that KU's graduation rates have increased each year for the last four years, and KU student-athletes set department-wide grade-point-average records in each of the last two semesters. In addition, he said, the number of student-athletes named to the Athletics Director's Honor Roll continues to increase; last semester, 224 Jayhawks were named to the Athletic Director's Honor Roll (3.0 or better grade-point average); that number represents 52 percent of KU's student-athletes. Twenty-nine of the honorees recorded a perfect 4.0. Three teams achieved team-record GPA's last semester, including women's track and field (3.36), men's basketball (2.88) and baseball (2.83).

"We have made increased academic support a top priority since the day we arrived," Perkins said, "and we will continue to do so." He said the increased support came in the form of additional computers, tutoring and full-time academic support staff.

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