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April: 8 MI teams earn flawless multi-year scores

12 May 2017

NCAA Division I academic progress rates were implemented in 2003 as part of "an ambitious academic reform effort", according to the NCAA's website. "One of our primary goals as a department is to offer a comprehensive student-athlete experience, which includes providing the resources necessary for success both academically and athletically".

Elsewhere, the Bulls baseball and women's soccer teams boasted program-record multi-year scores of 972 and 990, respectively. The average four-year rate for all NCAA sports in the latest data is 981, up two points from last year.

Still, the overall picture shows universal improvement across the sports spectrum, even among low-resource institutions. "The vast majority of our teams are well ahead of the national average for their sports".

Virginia led the way with five programs achieving ideal multi-year scores of 1,000: men's cross country, women's basketball, women's cross country, women's golf and volleyball.

Alabama was one of four SEC schools to have more than four teams receive public recognition from the NCAA for their April scores.

In addition, five MSU teams produced a flawless 1,000 April for the past academic year - men's golf, men's tennis, women's basketball, women's tennis, and volleyball.

Football's April of 968 was tied for eighth in the conference with Colorado. The national average is 966.

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Men's basketball and women's cross country each received a level one/practice reduction penalty.

Women's bowling had the lone ideal score of 1.000. Women's basketball ranked fourth with a score of 996.

The Sun Devils set a school record for their score of 991 out of 1,000 in the four-year period from 2012-16. Vanderbilt led the SEC football programs with a 992 score. The Huskies football team posted a 984 April score for the 2015-16 academic year.

The NCAA has been tracking April for 12 years. Within it, OSU's five sports with flawless scores included men's golf and four women's sports - cross country golf, soccer and tennis.

The Georgia gymnastics (995), men's cross-country (994), women's golf (994), women's swimming (993), soccer (993) and women's tennis (992) all earned almost ideal April scores.

Izzo's team is one of just 20 men's basketball programs in Division I with a flawless score.

At VMI, mixed rifle (988) and men's soccer (976) had the school's top scores. Men's cross country achieved the highest score for the fourth straight time while softball posted its third consecutive flawless score and its eighth overall.

April: 8 MI teams earn flawless multi-year scores