Seven sports programs, led by men's track, women's cross country, men's and women's golf, gymnastics, women's tennis, and volleyball, earned ideal single year April scores of 1000 for the 2015-16 academic year.
The team's multi-year score is now 972, factoring in a 978 the football team posted for the 2015-16 year.
In addition to football, women's basketball (+26) women's tennis (+19), baseball (+10), women's cross country (+10) and women's track and field (+10) also saw double-digit point improvements in April multiyear rates.
Nine Gophers programs had ideal scores for both the most recent year studied (2015-16) and for the four-year span that makes up the program's multiyear rate (2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16). Last week, women's golf was recognized by the NCAA for being among the top 10 percent among all programs nationally for posting a four-year April score of 1,000. It is the highest multiyear rate recorded by the football program since April was implemented and eclipsed the previous record (952) set in 2014-15.
"USF student-athletes continue to achieve in the classroom", athletic director Mark Harlan said in a school news release. Teams that don't have non-championship events out of season will be required to play fewer games. This year's numbers cover the 2012-16 academic years. Division I student-athletes across the country continue to make gains in the classroom, earning all-time high results in the April.
Marshall's swimming and diving program was honored by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America for its 3.65 GPA, which ranked in the top five nationally. The field hockey squad has earned nine multi-year 1,000 April scores, followed by women's cross country and wrestling with seven and women's golf with six.
The football program checked in with a rolling four-year score of 984, good for second in the Pac-12 behind Stanford at 985.
Fourteen of USC's 21 sports improved on last year's April, nine of those posted all-time highs and five scored a ideal 1,000. The average score for a Football Bowl Subdivision program is 966.
The University of Washington's average April rate for athletics rose to 991, marking the seventh consecutive year that the average rate has risen. Both Cowboy Golf and Cowgirl Tennis posted ideal four-year scores of 1,000. The women's swimming and diving program set a new program record with a flawless score that was above the national average of 991. Northwestern had the highest score at 995.
Academic Progress Rate is a metric that's been used since 2004-05 by the NCAA to track academic achievement. The APR index was developed by the NCAA to provide a "real time" snapshot on a semester-by-semester basis in order to measure the eligibility and retention of student-athletes in all Division I institutions. The single-year score is a reflection of the 2015-16 academic year. The 2015-16 overall four-year rate is 981, up two points from the four-year rate announced last year. That tally was three points better than the national average.