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For the fifth consecutive year, all 17 of Middle Tennessee's athletic teams earned a multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) of over 930 as the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) released its annual report on Wednesday.

In the state of Tennessee for football, Vanderbilt and Middle Tennessee led the way with scores of 974 and 972, respectively. Tennessee Tech was next (965) followed by Chattanooga (963) and Austin Peay (956). In men's basketball, the Blue Raiders' 981 ranked third in the state behind the perfect scores of 1,000 by Belmont and Memphis. The women's basketball team at MT turned in its highest score of 982.

The most recent APR scores are based on a multi-year rate that averages scores from the 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, and 2012-13 academic years.

Every Division I sports team calculates its APR each academic year. Scholarship student-athletes each semester receive one point for remaining eligible and one point for staying in school or graduating. Teams scoring below certain thresholds can face consequences, including practice restrictions and playing season reductions. Rates are an average of the past four years' performance. National aggregates are based on all teams with usable data at the time of analysis.

In order to compete in the 2014-15 postseason, teams must achieve either a 930 multi-year APR or a 940 average over the most recent two years. This approach represents the next step in a phased-in move to a standard 930 benchmark, which will be in place for most schools with next year's announcement of 2013-14 data collected in the fall of 2014.

Two teams were recognized by the NCAA last week for earning Public Recognition Awards, based on their most recent multi-year APR. These awards are given each year to teams with APRs in the top 10 percent in each sport. For the fourth consecutive year men's golf was honored, while women's golf also picked up an award.

2012-13 MT APR Scores
Baseball: 970
Basketball - Men: 981
Basketball - Women: 982
Cross Country - Men: 989
Cross Country - Women: 939
Football: 972
Golf - Men: 1000
Golf - Women: 1000
Indoor Track - Men: 976
Indoor Track - Women: 976
Outdoor Track - Men: 972
Outdoor Track - Women: 974
Soccer: 989
Softball: 968
Tennis - Men: 983
Tennis - Women: 983
Volleyball: 984

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