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The Washington football program ranked fourth and Washington State ranked ninth among Pac-12 Conference counterparts in Academic Progress Rate scores released by the NCAA on Wednesday.

The Huskies, with a four-year average of 967, remained above the national average of 951 for football. UW’s APR has increased in each of the past four years, from a low of 946 in 2009-10.

The Cougars posted a two-point increase to 944 over the past year, which ranks below the national average but above the NCAA standard of 930.

Stanford led the Pac-12 in football with a 984, followed by UCLA (979) and Utah (970). Arizona State (941), USC (941) and California (938) were the bottom three teams in the conference.

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In men’s basketball, Washington State ranked last in the Pac-12 with an APR of 938. UW, which ranked first in the Pac-12 a year ago with a score of 985, dropped one point to 984, which ranked fourth in the conference for 2012-13. Stanford led the conference with a perfect score of 1,000.

The APR is an annual assessment of each Division I scholarship athlete’s academic progress and retention history. The 930 benchmark equates roughly to a 50 percent graduate rate.

Teams with an APR below 930 are subject to penalty. Nine teams received a postseason ban in football, most notably Idaho and UNLV.

Among major-conference football programs, Oklahoma State was hit hardest after posting a multi-year average of 929.41. The Cowboys will lose two practice hours each week next season.

Adam Jude: 206-464-2364 or On Twitter: @a_jude

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