The academic scorecard shows an upward trend in the athletics department at Wichita State University. Congratulations to the student-athletes graduating this spring who contributed.
The 3.3 grade point average over the past three semesters represents a high mark for the department and its 15 NCAA sports. The department set itself the goal of achieving a 3.0 and then continued to build on this success.
“Coaches have expectations, especially now that we have reached the 3.3 threshold,” said Gretchen Torlin, director of sports academic services. “It absolutely has to do with our relationship with our student-athletes. We’re engaged with them, and they accept what we’re trying to teach them here and how important it is.”
As of May 2021, the most recent NCAA data available indicated a graduation pass rate of 90% for Wichita State, also high for the department. Wichita State’s GSR fell from 81% for the 2009-10 class to its current level for the four-year average.
Nine Wichita State programs achieved at least an 86% GSR, with four programs achieving a perfect 100%. Women’s tennis posted a perfect four-year GSR score for the eleventh year in a row, meaning that for a four-year average, all female student-athletes graduated or left the program with strong academic results. The men’s golf team posted a perfect four-year GSR score for the fifth consecutive year and the women’s golf team for the fourth consecutive year. The softball team posted a perfect four-year GSR score for the third year in a row. This year’s numbers reflect a four-year average for students who entered college from 2011-12 through 2014-15.
The athletic department has achieved a GSR score of 80% or higher every year for the past 13 years. Seven of the 11 Wichita State programs with scores had GSR rates of 90% or higher.
Data on the federal graduation rate was also released. The data showed that Wichita State student-athletes entering the 2014-2015 academic year achieved a graduation rate of 66%, compared to the general student body, which had a graduation rate of 48%.
For the 2020-2021 school year, 197 student-athletes from Wichita State earned a berth on the American Athletic Conference varsity team. Applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA.
Since joining the conference in 2017, Wichita State has won team academic excellence awards in volleyball (2017), men’s golf (2020, 2021), men’s indoor track and field (2020), and men’s outdoor track and field. (2020).
Shockers volleyball student-athlete Mikaela Raudsepp has been named the 2017-18 Female Scholar Athlete of the Year.