NCAA penalizes Rutgers-Newark with scholarship reduction for low APR score

For the second conseuctive seaosn, Rutgers-Newark will lose almost half a scholarship because of its Academic Progress Rate score.

The Scarlet Raiders were penalized a 0.43 scholarship reduction after scoring a 892 out of a possible 1,000 points in the annual APR report that the NCAA released Tuesday.

The APR measures a team’s academic scholastic performance during a four-year period based on the retention and eligibility of each athlete on scholarship. Teams with less than 925 score have the potential to receive NCAA penalties ranging from losing scholarships to a reduction in practice time.

The Scralet Raiders are the first men’s volleyball in the last five years to receive NCAA sanctions in back-to-back years because of their APR score. The NCAA penalized Rutgers-Newark with a 0.45 scholarship reduction in May 2010 after it scored a 922 on its 2008-09 APR.


Hawai’i was the only other Division I-II men’s volleyball team score less than a 925. However the Warriors, which scored a 923, did not receive any NCAA sanctions.

This is the third time in the last three years that a men’s volleyball team received a scholarship reduction because of its APR score.

George Mason in May 2009 received a 0.14 scholarship reduction after scoring a 921 on the APR. Follow that penalty, the Patriots scored a 931 last year and a 973 on Tuesday.

Four teams — Harvard, Long Beach State, Pepperdine and Sacred Heart — each received a perfect 1,000 APR score.

In addition, six teams — Long Beach State, Loyola, Ball State, St. Francis, USC, George Mason, UCLA — had its APR scores increased from last year. George Mason had the largest increase improving 42 points to a 973, while Ball State, St. Francis and Loyola each increased its scores by at least 20 points.

Men’s volleyball teams APR scores
T-1. Long Beach State — 1,000
T-1. Pepperdine — 1,000
T-1. Sacred Heart  — 1,000
T-1. Harvard University — 1,000
T-5. Cal State Northridge — 995
T-5. Ohio State — 995
7. Loyola — 994
8. Stanford — 992
9. UC Irvine — 984
10. Ball State — 982
11. Saint Francis — 981
12. IPFW — 978
13. USC — 976
14. UC Santa Barbara — 975
15. George Mason — 973  
16. UCLA — 972  
17. Penn State — 966  
T-18. BYU — 961  
T-18. New Jersey Institute of Technology — 961  
T-18. Princeton — 961
21. Pacific — 949
22. Hawai’i — 923  
23. Rutgers-Newark — 892