LAWRENCE — Kansas Athletics student-athletes set a department record with a combined grade-point average (GPA) of 3.13 during the spring 2019 semester, Kansas Athletics Director Jeff Long announced.
The 3.13 GPA surpassed the previous department record, 3.11, which was set in the prior semester (fall 2018). The student-athletes’ overall GPA of 3.12 for 2018-19 sets yet another department record.
In addition, a department-record 59 student-athletes recorded a perfect 4.0 average.
Swimming and diving led the way for the third-straight semester, recording a 3.69, just missing its all-time department record of 3.70 set in fall 2018. It marked the third-straight semester that the swimming and diving team achieved a GPA of at least 3.6.
Soccer was next, scoring a team-record 3.55. In all, nine teams recorded GPAs above 3.0, including women’s golf (3.46), rowing and women’s track and field (3.37), volleyball (3.31), softball (3.30), men’s golf (3.27) and tennis (3.12).
A total of 272 Kansas student-athletes earned a spot on the Athletics Director’s Honor Roll by achieving a GPA of 3.0 or higher. That represents 62 percent of student-athletes on active rosters, another department record.
The GPA records come on the heels of an outstanding showing in the NCAA’s latest Graduation Success Rate (GSR) statistics. Four Kansas teams registered 100 percent GSRs, while another six KU programs registered at least 80 percent. Jayhawk teams recorded a combined 83 percent GSR, just two percentage points off the department record of 85 percent. The graduation success rate measures the number of scholarship student-athletes who enter an institution and the number who graduate within six years, taking into account transfers and student-athletes who leave in good academic standing.
For the seventh year in a row, Kansas men’s basketball posted a 100 percent four-year GSR, meaning for a four-year average, all scholarship student-athletes either graduated or left the program in good academic standing. The women’s golf team achieved a 100 percent four-year GSR for the sixth-straight year. The women’s basketball and tennis teams also posted 100 percent four-year GSR scores.
Volleyball (92 percent), soccer (91), rowing (84), swimming & diving (84), baseball (80) and men’s golf (80) all achieved GSR scores of 80 percent or higher.
There was good news regarding the NCAA’s third academic metric as well – the Academic Progress Rate (APR). The Kansas women’s cross country team has received a Public Recognition Award from the NCAA for scoring in the top 10% of its sport in the most recent APR results. Women’s cross country is one of seven Jayhawk teams that achieved perfect 1,000 single-year APR scores, tied for the department best since the NCAA began publishing this statistic in 2004.
The APR is the NCAA’s annual academic-achievement scorecard that measures the eligibility and retention of scholarship student-athletes each semester or quarter. The women’s cross country team earned NCAA recognition for having a perfect four-year APR. Women’s cross country has now recorded perfect single-year APRs for five-straight years. Men’s basketball, women’s basketball, tennis, men’s golf, women’s golf and swimming & diving joined women’s cross country with perfect single-year APR scores. In order to remain in good standing, teams must achieve a 930 multi-year APR, a score every Kansas program exceeded.