The Arizona Wildcats had the highest score among Pac-12 football programs in the Academic Progress Rate for the 2011-12 school year, released Tuesday by the NCAA.
Arizona scored 980 out of a possible score of 1,000 in football.
The football team’s APR scores have steadily risen since 2004-05, the first year the NCAA imposed penalties for low scores.
Schools must have a four-year average of 900 — or a two-year average of 930 — to avoid sanctions. The Arizona football program’s multi-year score was 883 for the 2005-06 school year, with its rolling average improving to 956 for 2011-12.
Football coach Rich Rodriguez earns a bonus of $25,000 for his team having a multi-year APR of at least 952, according to a new contract approved in February. This is the first time the football team’s multi-year APR has been above 951.
Here is how the score is determined, from the NCAA: