NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers received public recognition TUESDAY from the NCAA with a school-record eight programs – baseball, gymnastics, tennis, volleyball, men’s cross country, women’s cross country, women’s golf and women’s lacrosse – earning citations for their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores.
"I continue to be amazed by the young men and women who represent Rutgers University and our athletic department with such grace, class and dedication," said Director of Athletics Pat Hobbs. "For the second-straight year, we have a school record eight programs receive public recognition from the NCAA and we are incredibly proud of the that accomplishment. Thank you to our student-athletes, coaches and staff for their relentless pursuit of excellence both in and out of competition."
The eight programs for RU tied last year’s mark and ranks third in the Big Ten Conference. To earn recognition, a program must post a score in the top 10 percent of its respective sport.
Thirty-nine Rutgers student-athletes are enrolled in the Honors College or the general honors program. This past summer, the Big Ten recognized 72 Rutgers student-athletes across 20 programs with the Distinguished Scholar Award. To qualify, a student must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 3.7 or higher for the previous academic year.
Baseball earned its third APR recognition under head coach Joe Litterio. The team saw six Scarlet Knights recently receive their degrees, including two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Kyle Walker.
Gymnastics is receiving public APR recognition for the fifth time. The team had nine named Academic All-Big Ten this past season, including three-time selection Libby Groden. Groden joined Makenzey Shank and Jenna Crisalli as graduates last week. The program also earned a perfect score in the Graduation Success Rate (GSR) report for the 13th consecutive year.
Tennis, under the direction of Hilary Ritchie, received its second straight APR recognition and eighth overall. The program is poised to have five Academic All-Big Ten honorees this spring. In the fall, seniors Mingxiu Du, Chloe Lee, and Lee Levy were inducted into the Delta Chapter of Chi Alpha Sigma Society, the first national scholar-athlete society to honor collegiate student-athletes who have excelled in both the classroom and in athletic competition.
Volleyball earns its third recognition under head coach CJ Werneke. Last fall, the Scarlet Knights placed six on the Academic All-Big Ten list, including seniors Meme Fletcher and Talia Holze completing the sweep of all three eligible years earning the academic distinction. Brooke Enners also claimed a second-straight honor as a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar this season, while Enners and Holze were inducted into Rutgers' national scholar-athlete society, the Delta Chapter of Chi Alpha Sigma.
Men's cross country, led by head coach Mike Mulqueen, received its third-straight APR recognition and ninth overall. The team was named a U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Team for the 2017 season. Nine Scarlet Knights were also placed on the Fall 2017 Academic All-Big Ten list. Additionally, seniors Trent Brinkofski, Alexander Livernois, and Luke Wiley were inducted into the Delta Chapter of Chi Alpha Sigma Society.
Women’s cross country, guided by head coach James Robinson, earned its first multi-year recognition. Over the last 10 consecutive seasons, the squad has been recognized as a U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Team for carrying a team GPA over a 3.0. This past fall, nine Scarlet Knights were named Academic All-Big Ten.
Women's golf, under the direction of head coach Kari Williams, was recognized for the sixth-straight year and the seventh time overall. Presented with the Top GPA Award for a third consecutive year at RAwards with a 3.82 cumulative team grade point average, the team boasts five returning WGCA All-America Scholars and is poised to have six Big Ten All-Academic honorees this spring. Senior captain Emily Mills was the Big Ten's female recipient of the prestigious Wayne Duke Postgraduate Scholarship.
Women’s lacrosse, led by head coach Laura Brand-Sias, has been recognized in each of the last six seasons. The program has earned the distinction as an Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Academic Honor squad for the past 10-straight years. Seniors Amanda Casten and Alana Navaroli were inducted into Rutgers' national scholar-athlete society, the Delta Chapter of Chi Alpha Sigma.
The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance. The multiyear rates are based on scores from the 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years.
Multiyear APRs for all Division I sports teams, including the teams receiving public recognition, will be announced May 23.
Each year, the NCAA honors selected Division I sports teams by publicly recognizing their latest multiyear NCAA Division I APR. This announcement is part of the overall Division I academic reform effort and is intended to highlight teams that demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of students by achieving the top APRs within their respective sports.