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General By Libby Knight

GEN: Kennesaw State Student-Athletes Earn APR, Academic Success

Owls Exceed APR Standards; KSU Student-Athletes Earn a 3.0 GPA in Spring 2015 Semester

KENNESAW, Ga. – Kennesaw State student-athletes continue to show their commitment to excellence in academics as the NCAA released its most recent four-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) with every Owl team exceeding the NCAA's APR threshold of 930. The NCAA's latest study covers the 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years.
KSU had two teams recognized by the NCAA for being in the top 10 percent in APR in the country, with men's golf and women's cross country earning a APR of 1,000 for the four-year period. It was the second-straight year for the men's golf team to be recognized and the first year for the women's cross country team.
"This represents the best of the best programs in graduating and retaining student-athletes," said Randy Kennedy, Assistant Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Success Services. "I am very proud of these programs and the hard work of the student-athletes over the past several years. The coaches also deserve recognition for their commitment to seeing student-athletes succeed in the classroom."
In addition to the perfect multi-year score from men's golf and women's cross country, women's golf (991), softball (985), men's tennis (983) and women's tennis (983) earned better than a 980 during the four-year period. Six programs also achieved an APR of 1,000 for the report's most recent school year, the 2013-14 season, including baseball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf and women's tennis.  
The NCAA's multi-year APR is part of the overall Division I academic reform effort. The APR provides a real-time look at and full assessment of each team's academic performance by tracking the progress of every student-athlete on scholarship each semester. It takes into account eligibility, retention and graduation.
Along with the APR success, the Owls finished the 2015 spring semester with 12 of the Owls' 16 intercollegiate teams posting a 3.0 GPA or higher for the term.
As a whole, Kennesaw State posted a GPA of 3.00 for the spring semester with 60 percent of its student-athletes also posting a 3.0 or higher. It is the fourth-straight semester that the Owls have earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher after posting GPAs of 3.10 in the fall 2014 semester, a 3.04 in the spring 2014 semester and a 3.15 GPA in the fall of 2013.
"Our student-athletes do a great job in the classroom, and I am very proud of their efforts," said Kennedy. "I appreciate the support of Director of Athletics Vaughn Williams and the respective coaching staffs of each team to encourage this success."
For the fourth-consecutive semester the men's tennis team posted a department-high GPA of 3.75, with every member of the team earning above a 3.0 GPA. Following closely behind the men's tennis team was the volleyball team with a 3.63 GPA and the women's tennis team with a GPA of 3.62.
It was the highest-recorded spring GPA for the trio of teams, as well as for the men's cross country team, who boasted a GPA of 3.19.
Individually, 30 student-athletes earned Presidential Scholar honors with a 4.0 GPA for the semester, while a total of 192 KSU student-athletes registered GPAs above a 3.0 for the spring semester.
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