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Duke, UNC, NC State make the grade in APR

The North Carolina men’s basketball team was among 45 teams at North Carolina, Duke and N.C. State to receive a perfect APR score of 1,000 for the 2013-14 academic year, according to the annual APR report that the NCAA released Wednesday.

Overall, UNC, Duke and N.C. State fared well in the APR, an NCAA metric that tracks the progress athletes make toward earning a degree. A low APR – one of less than an average of 930 in a sport over a four-year period – can lead to penalties like a postseason ban or scholarship cuts. Campbell’s baseball team is facing a postseason ban and reduction of practice time next season but has a waiver pending.

A team’s single-year score affects its four-year rolling score.

At UNC, the men’s basketball team’s four-year APR was 938 a year ago at this time. The perfect score during the 2013-14 academic year raises the four-year score to 952.

For the fourth consecutive year, no team at an ACC school is subject to penalties resulting from a low APR score. A combined 17 teams at Duke (nine teams) UNC (six) and N.C. State (two) earned four-year APR scores of 1,000.

In men’s basketball, UNC and N.C. State both have four-year scores of 952, while Duke earned a 995. In football, Duke’s four-year APR is 992, followed by N.C. State (960) and UNC (937).

Eighty-two ACC teams last week received recognition awards for having a high APR, the most of any conference among the Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC. While the APR measures eligibility and academic progress, it does not measure the quality of an athlete’s educational experience.

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