It was apparent that the Rutgers football team had slipped in the classroom when it was revealed last week that the program didn’t rank among the top 10 percent of teams nationally in Academic Progress Rate (APR) for the first time in nine years.
On Wednesday, it became clear just how far the program fell in the classroom. Rutgers’ APR score was 948 for 2014-15, according to an NCAA release. That’s a drop of 26 points from last year’s score and a staggering 43-point decline from the 2012-13 score.
Here are Rutgers’ APR scores for each of the previous six years: 974 (2013-14),991 (2012-13),976 (2011-12),977 (2010-11),974 (2009-10) and 985 (2008-09). A 1,000 score would represent a perfect mark.
Each scholarship athlete can earn two points per semester toward his team’s APR score. If a student-athlete is academically eligible at the end of a semester, he earns one point. If a student-athlete returns to the school for the next semester or graduates, he earns one point.
Rutgers had 10 players transfer or get kicked off the team during the 2014-15 academic year.
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. Four scholarship players were kicked off the team and another player transferred during the 2015 fall semester. Those departures won’t be calculated until next year’s APR report.
The NCAA also released multi-year APR rates based on scores from the 2011-12, 2012-2013, 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years. Rutgers’ football program had a 972 multi-year APR score, according to Wednesday’s release. That score is down from a 980 multi-year APR last year. Despite the dip, Rutgers’ multi-year APR still ranked in the top 30 percent of football teams.
Teams need a multi-year APR of 930 in order to be eligible to compete in the postseason.
New coach Chris Ash will receive a $50,000 annual bonus if the team’s multi-year APR is 960 or better.
Overall, Rutgers’ athletic department fared well in the APR. The average multi-year APR rate for Rutgers programs increased to 987, which is eight points above the NCAA average.
Men’s cross country, women’s basketball, women’s golf and women’s lacrosse recorded perfect multi-year APR scores.