PISCATAWAY, N.J. (May 24, 2011) – The Rutgers football team has achieved the nation’s number two ranking in Academic Progress Rate, according to the latest multi-year APR figures released by the NCAA today. The impressive accomplishment continues a trend for the Rutgers football program under head coach Greg Schiano of success both in the classroom and on the playing field.
For the fourth consecutive year, the Rutgers football team was ranked in the top three nationally in multi-year APR rates, becoming the only university in the entire nation to earn such a prestigious honor.
The Scarlet Knights, who secured the nation’s top APR multi-year figure (992) in 2010, continued their model of success and achievement in the classroom with a multi-year APR figure of 988 in 2011.
"Thanks to their hard work, the young men we cheer every Saturday will be tomorrow's leaders in whatever career path they pursue,” said New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. “Congratulations - yet again - to Coach Schiano and the outstanding men and women across our Scarlet Knights athletics programs for exemplifying what it means to be a 'student-athlete.'"
Rutgers’ four-year APR score of 988 covered the academic years of 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10.
“We take great pride in posting the second-highest Academic Progress Rate in the nation for our football team - and in being the only university to be ranked in the top three nationally for four straight years,” said Rutgers President Richard L. McCormick. “This ranking rewards the hard work and dedication of our student-athletes, their academic support, and our coaching staff, and it speaks to our consistency in striving to ensure the academic success of every member of the team.”
The top three Football Bowl Subdivision schools in terms of APR are Northwestern (993), Rutgers (988) and Northern Illinois (987). For the fourth straight year, Rutgers has the best APR mark of any state university in the nation.
“Once again our football program, under the leadership of Greg Schiano, has continued to perform at an elite level,” said Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Tim Pernetti. “We have developed an outstanding track record for success in the classroom. Congratulations to all the student-athletes, coaches and academic support staff for another job well done.”
The APR provides a real-time look at a team’s academic success each semester or quarter by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete. The APR includes eligibility, retention, and graduation in the calculation and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport.