The Huskies' four-year Academic Progress Rate score of 974 ranks third in the Pac-12.
The University of Washington football program saw a drop in its Academic Progress Rate for 2014-15 but remains near the top of the Pac-12 with a four-year APR average of 974, according to data released Wednesday by the NCAA.
The Huskies had a score of 962 for 2014-15, leaving them with a four-year average of 974 that ranks third in the conference, behind Stanford and Utah (both at 983). UW ranked second in the Pac-12 last year with a four-year APR score of 977.
The four-year national average for football is 959.
From 2009 to 2014, the football program’s multi-year APR rose each year, from 946 in 2009-10 to an all-time high of 977 last year.
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As stipulated in his contract, UW coach Chris Petersen can earn a bonus of up to $125,000 if the team’s APR is 970 or greater.
Petersen has made academics a priority for the program. Earlier this year, he announced the football team had 80 players finish fall term with a grade-point average of at least 3.0. The team’s overall GPA in the fall was 3.13, a team record.
The men’s basketball program had the lowest score — 893 — of any UW sport for 2014-15, likely because of several defections from the program last year. However, the men’s basketball program remains in good standing with a four-year score of 971.
APR is designed to track eligibility, retention and graduation rates for every scholarship athlete. The NCAA four-year average across all sports is 979.
Overall, UW had a score of 989, its sixth consecutive year the school saw its APR increase. UW’s baseball (997), women’s cross country (1,000) and women’s golf programs (1,000) have multi-year scores that rank in the top 10 nationally in their respective sports.
Pac-12 multi-year APR football scores:
Stanford — 983
Utah — 983
UW — 974
UCLA — 972
Oregon — 969
Colorado — 968
Washington State — 965
Arizona State — 960
Cal — 960
USC — 959
Arizona — 955
Oregon State 949