Six Wildcat Programs Record Perfect Marks in Latest GSR Data

MANHATTAN, Kansas – Six Wildcat programs recorded Big 12-best Graduation Success Rate figures, and K-State’s all-sport graduation rate of 88% was its highest since 2010, as the NCAA released its latest graduation rate data.

K-State’s men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s golf, women’s golf, tennis and volleyball programs each recorded perfect 100% marks to lead the Big 12, while the football program (85%) recorded its highest percentage in more than 10 years.

As a department, K-State was third among current Big 12 membership with an overall average GSR of 88%. Only Baylor and Iowa State recorded higher all-sport marks.

“We are proud of our student-athletes, the Student-Athlete Services team, faculty, coaches, and administration for their continued commitment to excellence in the classroom,” said Kristin Waller, Associate AD for Student-Athlete Services. “These rates include some of the highest marks we have seen as a department and are indicative of the quality of the academic support and resources available to our student-athletes during their K-State experience.”

Across the NCAA membership (Divisions I, II and III), the GSR has steadily climbed to its highest point at 89 percent in 2019 from 74 percent in 2002. The latest graduation rate data is for the 2012 cohort.

All colleges and universities are required by NCAA legislation and federal law (the Student Right-to-Know act from 1990) to report student graduation rates, and those institutions offering athletics aid are required to report for their student-athletes as well. The NCAA acquires student-athlete graduation rate data from the Department of Education’s Integrated Post-Secondary Data System Graduation Rate Survey (IPEDS-GRS).

The student-athlete graduation rate calculated directly based on IPEDS-GRS (which is the methodology the U.S. Department of Education requires) is the proportion of first-year, full-time student-athletes who entered a school on athletics aid and graduated from that institution within six years. This federal rate does not account for students who transfer from their original institution and graduate elsewhere; they are considered non-graduates at both the college they left and the one from which they eventually graduate.

K-State ranks among the league’s best in terms of overall academic success as it continues to set a national standard for APR, as all programs are currently well above the required NCAA standard. 

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Source: Kansas State Sports