Kansas Men’s Hoops Leads the Way in New NCAA APR Data

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Three teams led Kansas with near perfect scores of 990 or above and all Jayhawk programs were in good standing above 930, according to the latest NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) data released Wednesday.

Kansas men’s basketball posted the highest multi-year score (995) among all KU teams and was joined by women’s cross country (993) and volleyball (990) at the top of another good report for the entire athletics department. The hardwood Jayhawks were honored last week with the NCAA’s Public Recognition Award for achieving scores among the top-10 percent of all NCAA Division I men’s basketball teams, a streak of eight consecutive years honored, which places Kansas among just six other men’s hoops teams with eight or more awards.

The Jayhawks have had a total of 25 teams honored with Public Recognition Awards (for multi-year academic success) and have had 44 teams achieve perfect single-season APRs in the first 10 years of the statistic designed to help stimulate academic reform. Most recently, Bill Self’s Jayhawk basketball team rattled off eight-straight, single-year perfect scores, matching the women’s cross country team’s perfect scores through the first eight years of the academic metric.

The APR provides a real-time look at a team’s academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation, providing a measure of each team’s academic performance. The highest score attainable is 1,000.

In order to remain in good standing, teams must achieve either a 930 multi-year APR or a 940 average over the most recent two years – a total each Kansas program was well above.

The most recent multi-year APRs are based on scores from the 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years.

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