Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
University of Utah football coach Kyle Whittingham and several players pose for a photo after graduation ceremonies in Salt Lake City Friday, May 2, 2014.

The University of Utah came within one point of equaling the school record for multi-year academic progress rate (APR) calculations. Its score of 980 for the time periods covering 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 was just shy of matching the mark of 981 recorded over the four-year span beginning in 2008-09.

Gymnastics (996), men’s tennis (990), baseball (988) and men’s golf (987) posted multi-year scores that rank in the top third of the Pac-12 Conference. The football program raised its score to 970 after posting a single-year team record of 985 in 2012-13.

Eight Utah teams had perfect APR scores of 1,000 in 2012-13. The programs include men’s basketball, men’s golf, men’s skiing, men’s tennis, volleyball, women’s skiing, women’s soccer and women’s tennis.

The same number of sports increased their multi-year scores from the previous period. Women’s soccer had a 10-point increase, followed by women’s tennis (plus-7); baseball, football and volleyball (plus-5); and then men’s skiing, softball and women’s swimming (plus-1).

BYU: The APR for BYU's 21 NCAA sports for the 2012-13 academic year is 973, down from 974 a year ago. The four-year APR average, dating back to 2009-10, is 976, an increase of two points from last year. The NCAA Division I four-year APR average (measuring 2009-10 through 2012-13 academic years) is currently 976, up from 974 last year. Averaging the team scores for BYU's 21 sports produces an institutional APR score of 973, down a single point from last year. Read more at

Five BYU teams registered perfect APR scores of 1,000 in 2012-13: men's cross country, women's golf, women's gymnastics, women's tennis and women's volleyball. The men's cross-country team also has a multi-year score of 1,000. The Cougar football team recorded an APR of 947, a jump from last year's 943 score, and a multi-year score of 938, up from 931 in 2011-12. Meanwhile, the BYU men's basketball squad tallied an APR of 902 this academic year. The program's multi-year score is 956, which dropped from 981 the previous year.

Utah State: The Aggies again showed overall improvements in most sports while maintaining relatively high APR across the board.

The football program has seen improvements in its score every since 2004-05 and scored an impressive 988 — 21 points higher than last year's 967. The Aggies scored a very low 912 for football in 2004-05, but the score has risen to become one of the nation's highest in a little less than a decade.

The men's basketball team dropped five points from last year but still maintained a solid 963.

Women's sports showed the most overall improvements with six of the seven women's programs raising their overall scores. The track team maintained its score of 988. The men's golf team managed a perfect 1,000 score.

Southern Utah University: Five teams scored a 985 or better in the latest NCAA APR report. Of those, the SUU men's tennis team recorded a perfect 1000. The school's football program recorded a 950, which is a four-point decline from the 2011-2012 season, but a 37-point improvement from the 2007-2008 season.

Utah Valley: Three teams scored a 985 or higher in the latest NCAA APR report, led by the men's cross country team at 995. Of all the programs, only men's wrestling fell below the NCAA required score of 930 or better.

Weber State: Four Weber State teams posted perfect single-year scores on the latest NCAA's APR, and all 16 programs reached the NCAA required score of 930 or better for the 2012-13 academic year. The volleyball, women’s basketball, and men’s and women’s tennis teams all posted perfect APR scores of 1,000, while the Wildcat football program achieved its second-highest score in program history.

Contributing: Dirk Facer, Jeff Call, Brandon Gurney