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Kansas City Earns 2016-17 WAC Academic Excellence Award

Kansas City Earns 2016-17 WAC Academic Excellence Award
DENVER - University of Missouri-Kansas City has been named the inaugural winner of the WAC Academic Excellence Award. The award is determined by a point system and presented to the institution that performs the best in the following areas: the average grade-point average for each undergraduate student-athlete, the average grade-point of each undergraduate student-body versus the average grade-point average of an institution's student-athletes, and the most recent two-year average of institutional Academic Progress Rate scores.

Kansas City was impressive across the board, as the Roos posted an average grade-point average of 3.31 across all 16 varsity sports. The student-athlete GPA is 0.18 points higher than the average Kansas City undergraduate student. The Roos also hold the highest two-year average of APR scores at 985 out of 1000.

“It is a tremendous honor to win the inaugural WAC Academic Excellence Award and a true testament to the hard work that our student-athletes put in from their freshman year all the way to graduation in the classrooms at UMKC,” said Kansas City Director of Athletics Carla Wilson.

As a whole, the conference posted an average institutional student-athlete grade-point average of 3.20, which is an average of 0.16 points higher than the institutional student-bodies.

“Congratulations to Kansas City on earning the inaugural WAC Academic Excellence Award,” said WAC Commissioner Jeff Hurd. “The level of academic success across the conference is something for all of our member schools to be proud of.”