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WVU teams exceed NCAA academic benchmarks

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia University says its athletic teams have exceeded NCAA benchmarks for academic progress.

Data released by the NCAA on Tuesday shows WVU's combined average Academic Progress Rate score is 973. That's down from 975 a year ago.

The APR tracks the academic progress of each student-athlete. It includes eligibility, retention and graduation. The scores were based on academic performances from 2008-12.

Teams must achieve a 900 APR score over four years, or 930 over the most recent two years, to avoid immediate penalties, including the possible reduction of practice time and access to postseason competition.

WVU's four-year scores range from 922 for baseball to 996 for women's cross country.

For the 2011-2012 academic year, seven teams had perfect scores of 1,000, compared to three the year before.

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