The University of Washington's athletic programs charted high marks on the NCAA's Academic Progress Rate data released Wednesday.
The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success.
Kim Durand was named Associate Athletic Director for Student Development on July 27, 2005. Durand is responsible for the organization, administration and supervision of a comprehensive academic support unit offering academic services and the student-athlete development program. She supervises a staff consisting of 14 full -time academic staff and 85 part-time tutors in addition to other administrative support personnel.
Durand served as the Assistant Athletic Director for Academic Services at UCLA from 1999-2005. She managed a department that provided comprehensive academic and student services for 650 student-athletes in 22 sports. Her role in the Bruins' athletic department also saw her act as the primary liaison with the University's Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director of Admissions, the Dean of Students office, Orientation, Summer Programs and UCLA's Career Center.
Durand serves as the Director and faculty member of the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A) Professional Development Institute. She has also served on the N4A Task Force on NCAA Academic Reform and the NCAA Division I Working Group for At-Risk Student-Athlete Issues. Durand was recognized as the 2011 N4A Lan Hewlitt award winner given annually to recognize career service and contributions to the field of academic support services for student-athletes.
Her experience includes acting as the Assistant and later Associate Director of Degree and Career Counseling at Kansas from 1994 to 1999. She coordinated the Jayhawks' academic support programs for Kansas' football, men's and women's swimming, softball, women's tennis, volleyball and women's rowing teams. During her tenure the Kansas football team dramatically raised its graduation rates and improved the overall team grade point average.
Durand graduated from Oregon in 1991 with bachelor of science degrees in Rhetoric & Communication and Psychology. She earned her master of science in Educational Policy & Management from Oregon in 1994. As an undergrad she worked in the Ducks' athletic department as a student-assistant and recruiting assistant. While working on her master's degree she was an administrative graduate assistant, advising student-athletes in 14 sports.
A native of Danville, Calif., Durand is married to her husband, Mike.