PISCATAWAY, N.J. (June 14, 2012) – Three Rutgers teams – football, gymnastics and women’s soccer - received public recognition from the NCAA for top academic performance for their multi-year Academic Progress Rate scores, the NCAA announced. It marked the fifth consecutive year that the Scarlet Knights’ football program was cited by the NCAA.
These awards are given each year to teams scoring in the top 10 percent in each sport with their APRs.
The Rutgers football program was the lone state university on the list to be ranked in the top 10 percent nationally in APR for the fifth straight year. In addition, Rutgers was the lone institution to win four bowl games while earning the APR honor in the top 10 percent over the previous five-year span. The Scarlet Knights continue to be one of the leaders nationally in both production on the field and in the classroom. Last year, the Rutgers football team achieved the nation’s number two ranking in Academic Progress Rate while earned the nation’s number one mark in 2010.
Rutgers is one of only 12 Football Bowl Subdivision programs to be ranked in the top 10 percent in the APR scores.
“Our focus every year is to compete in the classroom with the same intensity and commitment that we compete on the field and these three programs continue to excel in both,” said Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Tim Pernetti. “Our department takes pride in the environment of excellence that we’ve created for our student-athletes to earn degrees, become leaders and win championships. This is a well-deserved honor for our coaches, academic advisors and student-athletes.”
The gymnastics program continued its trend of impressive team and individual performances in 2011-12 under first-year head coach Louis Levine. The highlight of the year for the Scarlet Knights (13-11) was the team performance at the EAGL Championships in Pittsburgh. RU broke the program record for its team score at the event, passing the mark of 193.625 set just one year ago. The team continued its excellence in the classroom, as 15 student-athletes were named to the EAGL All-Academic Team – tied for the most in the league.
The Rutgers women’s soccer team built upon its strong foundation in 2011, as the Scarlet Knights reached their 12th-straight BIG EAST Championship – the longest streak among conference members. Rutgers has had at least one player named to the All-BIG EAST Team in each of its 17 seasons, and the trend continued this year as Shannon Woeller was named to the all-conference third team. Rutgers finished with an overall record of 8-8-3, including a 3-5-3 mark in conference action, and was led offensively by Jonelle Filigno with 13 points through just seven games.
The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance.
Top-performing teams this year posted APR scores ranging from 977 to a perfect 1,000. The number of teams in some sports may exceed 10 percent depending on the number of perfect scores
The most recent APRs are based on scores from the 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2001-11 academic years. Full APR scores for all teams will be released June 20.