Rutgers leads the way in APR scores

The NCAA released its yearly academic progress rate figures Wednesday and found a slight increase in the average four-year number for football.

The average APR was 948, up two points from a year ago. All but two Big East teams scored higher than the overall average of all Division I schools. Even better, no Big East team is facing sanctions because of low APR scores.

As a refresher, the APR is based on the eligibility and retention of each student-athlete on scholarship. Teams that score below certain thresholds can face sanctions, including scholarship losses and restrictions on practice. Rates are based on the past four years’ performance.

Rutgers was recognized by the NCAA last week for its top academic performance in APR. Its four-year APR of 982 ranked No. 9 in the nation.

Here are the numbers for the eight Big East schools, based on scores from the 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 academic years. You can search the database to find any school of your choosing.

  • Rutgers: 982

  • UConn: 963

  • USF: 963

  • Pitt: 955

  • West Virginia: 953

  • Syracuse: 950

  • Cincinnati: 939

  • Louisville: 911