Nov 18, 2020 11:08 PM

K-state records highest ever all-sports GSR rating

Posted Nov 18, 2020 11:08 PM

MANHATTAN, Kansas – 
Seven Wildcat programs recorded Big 12-best Graduation Success Rate figures, and K-State’s all-sport graduation rate of 92 percent was the highest in department history, 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 led the Big 12 with perfect 100 percent marks, while the football team’s 91 percent rate was also tops in the league. As a department, K-State was second among current Big 12 membership with an overall average GSR of 92 percent. Only Baylor recorded higher all-sport marks.

Across the NCAA membership (Divisions I, II and III), the GSR has steadily climbed to its highest point at 90 percent in 2019 from 74 percent in 2002. The latest graduation rate data is for the 2013 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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Executive Associate A.D. for Communications and Public Relations | K-State Athletics