Jayhawks Post Combined 3.0 GPA for the Spring Semester
|Swimming & Diving||3.35|
|Track & Field (M)||2.94|
|Track & Field (W)||3.05|
|AD’s Honor Roll|
LAWRENCE, Kansas – Thirty-one current Kansas student-athletes posted perfect 4.0 grade point averages (GPA) and 190 more recorded a 3.0 or higher – a total of 56 percent of Jayhawks on active rosters – to earn Athletics Director’s Honor Roll recognition and log a combined departmental GPA of 3.0 for the spring semester.
The Kansas soccer team led all Jayhawk programs with a 3.40 team GPA, followed closely by swimming and diving (3.35) and volleyball (3.26). More than half of Kansas student-athletes on active rosters were represented on the AD’s list and nine of 14 programs – cross country and track and field are combined for reporting purposes – achieved better than 3.0. That tally helped raise the departmental mark to an even 3.0 GPA after back-to-back semesters of 2.94.
“When you look at the department combined at 3.0 GPA, that’s awesome,” soccer head coach Mark Francis said. “That reflects on the type of kids that all the sports are getting here, but also the academic support here is the best I’ve ever seen. There are a lot of resources being put into that area and our advisors do a great job. Our kids are obviously taking advantage of those resources and it has paid off this semester – I’m proud of them.”
The Kansas rowing (3.17), softball (3.16), tennis (3.11) men’s golf (3.08), women’s golf (3.05) and women’s track and field (3.05) teams joined the previously mentioned trio above 3.0 for the spring.
The favorable report follows previous satisfactory Academic Progress Rate (APR) numbers released by the NCAA in May and should mean more of the same for Kansas student-athletes next year. Three teams led Kansas with near-perfect scores of 990 or above and all Jayhawk programs were in good standing above 930, based on the latest data from the 2013-14 class. Men’s basketball was honored with the NCAA Public Recognition Award for achieving a score among the top-10 percent of all NCAA Division I men’s basketball programs – the eighth straight such honor for Jayhawk men’s hoops.
To start the academic year, it was reported that Kansas teams established or tied a multi-year departmental record for the fourth time in the last five years by posting a school record 85 percent Graduation Success Rate (GSR) and 82 percent single-year GSR. Four teams logged perfect single-year scores and men’s basketball boasted a perfect four-year GSR for the third year in a row.
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