BOISE, Idaho - Boise State University, along with Miami (Ohio) University, will share this year's American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Academic Achievement Award which is presented by the Touchdown Club of Memphis.
The Bronco football team and Miami recorded a 100 percent graduation rate for members of its freshman student-athlete class of 2004. This is the first time both schools have received the award which will be presented at the AFCA President's Kickoff Luncheon on Monday (Jan. 9) at the organization's annual convention in San Antonio.
This year's award marks the fourth time the NCAA Graduation Success Rate (GSR) formula has been used to select the winner.
The GSR is based on a six-year graduation window for student-athletes which is a change from the five-year window used by the CFA and AFCA. The GSR was developed by the NCAA as part of its academic reform initiative to more accurately assess the academic success of student-athletes. The GSR holds institutions accountable for transfer students, unlike the federal graduation rate. The GSR also accounts for midyear enrollees and does not penalized schools for outgoing transfer students who leave in good academic standings.
The Academic Achievement Award was established by the College Football Association in 1981. The award recognized the CFA-member Football Bowl Subdivision institution with the highest graduation rate among members of its football team. When the CFA disbanded in 1997, the AFCA stepped in to present the award and conduct a graduation rate survey that encompassed all members of the FBS.
Boise State's football team was also recognized for its academic success earlier this year.
In May the Broncos were honored by the NCAA as having posted multi-year Academic Performance Rates (APR) in the top 10 percent for FBS school, and in June Boise State head football coach Chris Petersen was recognized in an article written by Brett McMurphy of CBSSports.com as having the best APR average the past two reporting years in the FBS.
The Bronco football team posted a perfect APR score of 1,000 in 2008-09, and 997 in 2009-10 for a two-year average of 998.5.
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.