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USF posts (mostly) solid APR marks

For the third consecutive year, all 16 USF sports programs posted Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores of 952 or better, well above the NCAA's minimum standard.

But its two most prominent sports showed mild decreases.

The 2016-17 APR scores (rolling four-year scores) for NCAA member schools were released Wednesday. The highest possible APR multi-year score, which the NCAA has been using to track the academic progress of its schools since the 2004-05 academic year, is 1,000. Anything below 930 results in penalties.

All nine Bulls women's teams had scores of 971 or higher, with four (soccer, tennis, golf, softball) scoring 990 or better. The baseball team posted a record multi-year APR score of 982 — 10 points higher than its 2015-16 mark.

The football team posted a score of 960, which ranks eighth among American Athletic Conference football programs and is five points shy of its 2015-16 total. Among state schools, the Bulls' score topped FSU (941), but trailed Miami (964), Florida (977) and UCF (984).

Bulls men's basketball, which has experienced more roster turnover than any team on campus in recent years, also ranked eighth among AAC programs with a score of 952, seven points lower than its previous mark.

The NCAA's searchable APR database can be found here.

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