INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA released its multiyear academic performance report Tuesday, and the athletic programs of Utah, BYU and Utah State all showed general academic progress.
The NCAA's metric, called the Academic Progress Rate, takes into account the eligibility, retention and graduation of all student-athletes on scholarship, and provides a measure of each team's academic performance.
Beginning with the 2012-13 NCAA-sanctioned championships, teams must have a minimum average APR of 900 over the previous four years or a 930 average over the previous two years to be eligible to participate. For 2014-15 championships, teams must have a 930 four-year average or a 940 average over the previous two years to participate. In 2015-16 and beyond, teams must have a four-year APR of 930 to compete, according to the NCAA's website.
The Utes showed overall progress and were boosted by six athletic programs — women's gymnastics, men's golf, men's swimming, men's tennis, women's cross-country and women's tennis — scoring a perfect 1,000 APR in 2011-12.
Ten Utah teams saw increases in their multiyear scores from a year ago: men’s skiing (22 points higher), women’s skiing (11 points higher) women’s indoor and outdoor track (seven points higher), volleyball (six points higher), baseball (six points higher), men’s basketball (five points higher), gymnastics (five points higher), men’s swimming (three points higher) and cross-country (one point higher).
The overall average for Utah teams was 981 — three points better than the 978 composite the teams scored last year.
The Utah football team scored a 964 in 2011-12, giving it a 962.5 rolling four-year average. Utah men's basketball showed big progress, improving its 935 score in 2010-11 to 978.
Standout sports programs for BYU included men's cross-country, which has scored a perfect 1,000 in each of the last three years, and men's golf, which scored a perfect 1,000 for the second year in a row. Women's golf scored its second perfect 1,000 in the last three years.
The BYU football team checked in with a 943 score to boost its average to a relatively low 931 over the last four years. The men's basketball team has come down slightly from its two consecutive perfect scores posted for the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons, but still managed an impressive 981 in 2011-12.28 comments on this story
Utah State led all local football programs with its 967 four-year average, which includes a very low 911 score for 2008-09 (the first year in the four-year average.)
The USU men's golf, men's tennis and women's cross-country teams all scored a perfect 1,000 in 2011-12.
The Utah State men's basketball program scored a 977, a 19-point improvement on the 958 score it posted a year ago.
All team scores can be found online at ncaa.org.