Washington State recorded a four-year average score of 942 in football, an improvement from last year's score of 933. The NCAA's standard is 930 (although waiver requests are in some cases granted.)
The WSU basketball program recorded a 957 in the four-year average. The 2011-12 score was 962.
Elsewhere on the men's side, baseball posted an average score of 969, followed by outdoor track and field (967) and indoor track and field (965), and cross country (944).
The highest multi-year APR score at WSU was earned by the men's golf team, which recorded a score of 985, edging out women's cross country's four-year score of 984.
Programs that reached an average score of 970 or better included women's soccer (979), women's basketball (977), tennis (976), rowing (974), women's outdoor track and field (973) and women's indoor track and field (970).
Additional women's multi-year scores include swimming (968), golf (959) and volleyball (918). The volleyball team secured a single-year mark of 939 in 2011-12. That was also the biggest single-year improvement from the previous year, up from 837 the previous year.
WSU programs recording perfect single-year scores (2011-12) of 1000 include women's basketball, tennis and women's cross country.
The APR is an annual assessment of not just each team's academic history -- but also of their retention history. The APR awards two points each term to student-athletes on athletic scholarship who meet academic-eligibility standards and who remain with the institution. CF.C has been critical in the past of the NCAA APR program because in our view it is not an accurate academic metric -- it can and has decreased the scores and penalized institutions when student-athletes in good academic standing transfer or depart.
A team's APR is the total points earned by the team at a given time divided by the total points possible. The overall APR score is based on the most recent four years of data (2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12). Every year thereafter, the most current year's data will be added and the oldest year of data will be removed, creating a four-year rolling rate.
"Our student-athletes, coaches and staff place a high priority on academic success and this most recent release by the NCAA confirms we are on the right track," said WSU Director of Athletics Bill Moos. "Reaching for excellence academically, athletically and socially are traits many of our student-athletes exhibit and I am proud of how they represent this outstanding university."