WVU athletic teams exceed NCAA academic benchmarks

MORGANTOWN (AP) — West Virginia University says its athletic teams have exceeded NCAA benchmarks for academic progress.

Data released by the NCAA on Wednesday shows WVU’s average Academic Progress Rate score is 975.

The APR tracks the academic progress of each student-athlete. It includes eligibility, retention and graduation. The scores were based on academic performances from 2007-11.

Teams must achieve a 900 APR score over four years, or 930 over the most recent two years, to avoid immediate penalties, including the possible reduction of practice time and access to postseason competition.

WVU’s four-year scores range from 928 for wrestling to 996 for women’s cross country.

For the 2010-2011 academic year, the women’s gymnastics, rowing and men’s soccer teams each had perfect scores of 1,000.

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