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June 11, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Washington leads Pac-12 in APR scores

The Washington men’s basketball team’s Academic Progress Report (APR) score is 985, which is first in the Pac-12.

Colorado and Stanford are tied for second in the conference at 984.

Since 2002-03 the NCAA has used the APR to measure academic success for student-athletes in every Division I sport. The rate measures eligibility, graduation and retention over a four-year period. The most recent APRs are based on scores from the 2008-12 academic years.

Scores are calculated by assigning a point to each athlete per semester for remaining academically eligible and another point each semester for remaining at that school or graduating. A rate of 925, out of a highest possible score of 1000, equates to an approximate graduation rate of 50 percent.

The overall four-year APR score across Division 1 is 974, a one-point increase from last year. The average APR nationally in men’s basketball is 952.

A minimum four-year average score of 900 or 930 over the most recent two years is required for postseason participation. Teams dropping below 900 over a four-year span are subject to penalty, including loss of scholarships and postseason bans.

Pac-12 basketball teams are penalty free for the 2013-14 season.

Here’s how the Pac-12 teams stacked up ending with the 2011-12 school year.

PAC-12 APR SCORES

Washington … 985
Colorado … 984
Stanford … 984
Utah … 979
Arizona State … 973
Arizona … 969
Oregon State … 965
USC … 957
Washington State … 957
California … 955
UCLA … 951
Oregon … 918

Here’s a few interesting tidbits from the APR.

— Next year the benchmark for postseason competition will rise from 900 to 930, threatening several major schools like Oregon. Last year, the Ducks’ APR was 926.

— Connecticut, which was barred from the 2012-13 postseason due to poor APR scores, is eligible next season. UConn’s most recent score is 897, but it’s two-year score is above 930.

— Poor APR scores means 2013-14 postseason bans for 10 teams: Alabama State, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Florida A&M, Florida International, Grambling State, Mississippi Valley State, New Orleans, Norfolk State, Savannah State and Southern.

— One out of four basketball players are transfers. The report shows 12.1 percent of the players transfer from Division I schools and 14.9 percent transfer from junior college. In FBS football, just 3.2 percent of the four-year student-athletes are transfers.

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