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Thursday, October 16, 2008

KSU football program reaches new heights in academic acheivement



October 15, 2008

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The NCAA released its latest graduation rate data based on 2008 reports this week and for the second straight year, Kansas State is ranked first among Big 12 institutions for all student-athletes in the 2001-02 class according to the Federal Graduation Rate.

“The posting of this data demonstrates the commitment to academic excellence by Kansas State student-athletes and reflects the expectation of academic achievement promoted by K-State coaches, staff, faculty and administration," said Phil Hughes, Associate Athletics Director for Student Services. "The rates signify their priority for academic success and the dedication of staff and resources to our students in order to facilitate such success.”

Highlighted in the numbers were perfect 100-percent graduation rates for men’s basketball, men’s track and field, women’s basketball, women’s track and field and men’s golf (listed among other sports according to the NCAA), while K-State Football was also listed at No. 1 in the conference with a 67-percent graduation rate. K-State led the way for all student-athletes with a 75-percent fed grad rate, while Texas was second at 63-percent.

The 2008 Federal Graduation Rate is based on data from scholarship student-athletes receiving athletics aid who were designated as freshmen for the 2001-02 academic year. K-State also led the Big 12 Conference in 2007 with a 75-percent graduation rate for all student-athletes and was No. 1 in the conference in football as well at 87-percent.

Also released was data regarding the four-year class average and graduation success rate, which both study freshmen classes from 1998-99 to 2001-02.

Kansas State ranked second to Colorado among all student-athletes at 67-percent when determining the four-class average, while men’s golf, listed among men’s other, led the Big 12 with a 100-percent rate. Football checked in at No. 2, behind only Nebraska, at 70-percent.

K-State had an exceptional year in the classroom in 2007-08 as a total of 475 student-athletes earned Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll accolades, including 99 athletes with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average. K-State also placed 63 student-athletes on Academic All-Big 12 teams this past season.

The football program reached new heights in academic achievement for 2007-08 as it placed a total of 74 student-athletes on the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll, including a record number 38 in the spring. K-State’s football program was also recently recognized by Diverse magazine as at it ranked 10th nationally among all Division I football programs, and was the lone Big 12 institution in the top 10, with a 77.2-percent graduation rate among African-American student-athletes.

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