Illini football, men's hoops APRs improve

NCAA releases annual academic progress rate

CHAMPAIGN - Illinois football posted its highest Academic Progress Rate since the measurement  was instituted by the NCAA in 2003 with a score of 982 (out of 1,000) for the 2014-15 season, while Illinois men's basketball tied its best score (990, also measured in 2004-05).

The NCAA published the 2014-15 APR scores on Wednesday. The scores measure the academic progress of each member institution's sports through a metric based on eligibility and retention. The NCAA average APR was 979. A minimum score of 930 is needed to avoid penalties.

Illinois football had a score as low as 918 in 2004-05 but has improved gradually over the last decade

Illinois women's volleyball, men's golf,  women's golf and women's tennis all posted perfect scores of 1,000 for the 2014-15 academic year.

Softball (996), women's gymnastics (995), baseball (995), women's soccer (994), women's swimming and diving (992) and women's cross country (992) all posted scores over 990 as well. Men's tennis had the low score (965) of the Illini athletic department.

Illinois men's basketball APR

Year APR score
2014-15 990
2013-14 984
2012-13 957
2011-12 958
2010-11 952

Illinois football APR

Year APR score
2014-15 982
2013-14 973
2012-13 957
2011-12 960
2010-11 953

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