All 19 sports meet NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate requirement

Cole Claybourn

<span style=

“font-size: 9.5pt; line-height: 115%;”>The NCAA released its annual

Academic Progress Rate report on Tuesday.

<span style=

“font-size: 9.5pt; line-height: 115%;”>With it came good news for

WKU, as all 19 sports exceeded the NCAA’s mandated APR score of


<span style=

“font-size: 9.5pt; line-height: 115%;”>WKU was one of seven Sun

Belt Conference schools to see every one of their sports meet the


<span style=

“font-size: 9.5pt; line-height: 115%;”>WKU joined University of

Kentucky and Murray State as one of three Kentucky universities to

meet the 925 APR requirement.

<span style=

“font-size: 9.5pt; line-height: 115%;”>“This is a tremendous

accomplishment and illustrates the high value our student-athletes

and coaches place on academics in each of our 19 sports,” Director

of Athletics Ross Bjork said in a statement. “It indicates our

student-athletes are focused and dedicated to succeeding in the

classroom, and our coaches, staff and faculty should be commended

for the emphasis they place on academics and the support structure

they provide.”

<span style=

“font-size: 9.5pt; line-height: 115%;”>The most recent APR scores

are based on averages taken from the 2006-2007, 2007-2008,

2008-2009, and 2009-2010 school years.<span style=

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<span style=

“font-size: 9.5pt; line-height: 115%;”>The volleyball team was one

of seven teams – all sports included – in the state of Kentucky to

post a perfect 1,000 APR. They were also one of 10 Sun Belt teams

to do so.

<span style=

“font-size: 9.5pt; line-height: 115%;”>Failure to meet the required

925 mark could mean strict penalties for that particular


<span style=

“font-size: 9.5pt; line-height: 115%;”>Teams that fail to reach the

threshold three years in a row – which would mean scoring below 900

APR – face potential sanctions on postseason play, as well as

scholarship and practice restrictions.

<span style=

“font-size: 9.5pt; line-height: 115%;”>Any team that posts a score

below 925 is required to develop an academic improvement plan.

Teams with scores below 900 are required to submit their plans to

the NCAA’s national office for review.

<span style=

“font-size: 9.5pt; line-height: 115%;”>The 925 and 900 marks

predict about a 50 percent and 40 percent Graduation Success Rate


<span style=

“font-size: 9.5pt; line-height: 115%;”>According to WKU Athletic

Media Relations, 85 percent of the student-athletes who have

exhausted their eligibility over the last decade have

graduated.<span style=

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