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The Academic Progress Rate numbers are in for the 2013-14 season, and UCF has found a way to remain near the top of the charts, while improving its number for the 10th consecutive season.

In 2004, the NCAA started assembling APR data, which delves into athletes' academic success throughout an entire academic year.

UCF's four-year, department-wide average rose to 981, which is a new record for the university. It is third-best in Florida and four points above last year's number.

"These numbers are a testament to the caliber of student-athletes we're fortunate enough to work with here at UCF," senior associate AD for Academic Services Kimya Massey said in a statement. "Our coaching staffs recruit high-quality student-athletes, who expect to succeed. Those young people do a great job of competing at a high level in the classroom and in competition.

"We also have academic support staff members who work very hard and take great pride in the accomplishments of our Everyday Champions."

The Knights had two programs record a perfect APR score of 1000: women's tennis and volleyball. Women's tennis, coached by Stephanie Nickitas, led her team to its fourth consecutive perfect score. Volleyball picked up its third perfect score in a row under the helm of head coach Todd Dagenais.

UCF's football program added a multi-year APR of 977, tops in Florida and the American Athletic Conference. They also ranked 10th among NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision public schools and 18th among all FBS institutions.

Of the Knights' 16 NCAA Division I sports, 12 saw their APR increase or remain the same as a year ago. Twelve sports were also above or at the public institution's national average.

"We believe in the holistic development of student-athletes at UCF. We have coaches, administrators, staff and student-athletes who are committed to a high level of academic success as part of that approach," UCF Vice President and Director of Athletics Todd Stansbury said in a statement. "I can't say enough about our Everyday Champion student-athletes and the hard work they display, not just in the classroom, but in competition and in the community as well."

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Jarrod Heil is the Sports Editor for the Central Florida Future. Follow him on Twitter a t@JHeil11 or email him at JarrodH@CentralFloridaFuture.com.


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