BOISE, Idaho - NCAA President Mark Emmert recently reached out to congratulate Boise State Head Football Coach Chris Petersen and the Bronco team for its achievement in the most recent NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate report.
At the time of the report's release this past May, the football team received a public recognition from the NCAA as its multi-year academic performance rate of 981 was in the top-10 percent for all Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools.
In a letter sent to Petersen earlier this month as a NCAA Public Recognition Award recipient, Emmert stated "As the head coach, you play a critical role in helping your student-athletes achieve their athletic and academic goals. The academic success of your team demonstrates your commitment to developing student-athletes and promoting the overall student-athlete experience. Your team has demonstrated its commitment in the classroom and on the playing field, which set a great example for all students."
Each year the NCAA honors selected sports teams by publicly recognizing their latest multi-year APR scores.
"This NCAA commendation is high praise for our football program and deservedly recognizes our student-athletes who are excelling in their academic pursuits," said Boise State President Bob Kustra. "We are very proud to be ranked among the top schools for the Academic Progress Rate. It is a testament to the commitment of our student-athletes and the coaching staff to the academic success of each member of the team."
In an article written by Brett McMurphy of CBSSports.com on June 15, 2011, Petersen was recognized as having the best APR average the past two reporting years for all FBS head coaches.
The Broncos posted a perfect score of 1,000 in 2008-09 and a 997 score in 2009-10 for a two-year average of 998.5.
Based on overall NCAA data between 2003-04 and 2009-10, Petersen has the ninth best average among FBS head coaches at 975.
The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation providing a measure of each team's academic performance.