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Maryland's academic progress rates on the rise

Four years after losing three scholarships because  its Academic Progress Rate score fell below the prescribed NCAA threshold, the Maryland football team set program multi-year and single-season record highs, according to figures released Wednesday.

Randy Edsall's team earned a multiyear score of .973 and a single-season score of .991 on a scale of 1.000 for the 2013-14 academic school year. The multi-year score improved from .950 last year, with the single-season score up from .922 in 2012-13 and a low of .905 in 2009-10.

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The women's basketball team earned a .981 APR score multi-year score, including a perfect 1.000 for two years in the four-year cycle . The men's basketball team, which has graduated 20 of 22 players who have exhausted eligibility since 2006-2007, earned a score of .948.

A record number of 11 programs earned perfect scores in 2013-14, with a total of 12 teams maintaining or improving their multi-year score. A total of 15 Maryland teams earned a score of at least .970 or higher for their multi-year scorers and 16 of Maryland's 20 sports programs earned single-year APR scores of .970 or higher.

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"We are proud that we continue to make outstanding strides academically," Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson said in a statement. "It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our student-athletes that a record number of 11 sports programs received perfect single year APR scores. Our commitment to academic excellence is paramount in helping our student-athletes build a foundation for a successful life after intercollegiate athletics."

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