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The Rutgers football program’s streak among the top 10 percent teams in the country in Academic Percent Rate (APR) is over.

Rutgers had ranked in the top 10 percent for eight straight years, which was the longest continuous streak for any Division 1-A state university in the country. The NCAA released the Public Recognition Awards on Wednesday for teams that ranked in the top 10 percent in their sport.

The APR provides a real-time look at a team’s academic success each semester 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.

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The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2011-12, 2012-2013, 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years.

The retention aspect of the equation figures to hurt Rutgers’ score in the coming years because of the increase in transfers and player dismissals under former coach Kyle Flood.

The scores were released Wednesday only for the teams receiving public recognition for ranking in the top 10 percent in their sport. The APR scores for all Division 1 teams will be announced on April 20.

Four Rutgers teams earned public recognition awards for ranking in the top 10 percent of their sport: men’s cross country, women’s basketball, women’s golf and women’s lacrosse. The women’s golf team was recognized for the fourth straight year, while the women’s lacrosse team was recognized for the fifth straight year.

“Rutgers is a leading national research university and it is important that the academic performance of our student-athletes reflects that excellence,” athletic director Pat Hobbs said in a release. “We are very proud of the hard work that our students, coaches and staff put forth. Academic achievement is essential to a winning culture.”

The Rutgers football team had a multi-year APR score of 980 last year. A 1,000 score would represent a perfect mark.

New coach Chris Ash will receive a $50,000 annual bonus if the team’s multi-year APR is 960 or above.

The football program’s grade point average declined for four straight semesters, reaching a low point of 2.574 in the spring of 2014, according to an NJ Advance Media review in October.

Rutgers placed 22 players on the fall Academic All-Big Ten team, which tied for the fifth-most in the conference.

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