Boise State No. 2 in Academic Bowl Championship Series
BOISE, Idaho - For the second straight year, the Boise State football team is ranked No. 2 in the annual academic Bowl Championship Series standings.
Policy researchers at the New America Foundation's Higher Ed Watch have for several years used a formula to rival the Bowl Championship Series's rankings. The academic BCS measures how well a team supports the "student" side of its student athletes.
Boise State finished runner-up in this year's rankings to No. 1 Penn State. Last year the Broncos were second to Stanford.
The academic BCS transparently compares date on team graduation rates and academic progress rates (an NCAA measure of academic success) to the performance of other teams, as well as to regular students at BCS colleges. The results are a look at how football schools stack up if academic decided a team's BCS ranking.
Boise State's football team has been recognized several times this year for its academic success.
This past month the American Football Coaches Association announced the Broncos would be receiving an academic achievement award for having a 100 percent graduation rate for its class of 2004. Boise State and Miami (Ohio) were the only two schools to post a perfect graduation rate for that freshman class.
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 schools, and in June Boise State head football coach Chris Petersen was recognized in an article written by Brett McMurphy of 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.
Boise State concludes its 2011 season this Thursday (Dec. 22) when it faces Arizona State of the Pac-12 Conference in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas. Kickoff is set for 5:04 p.m. (PT) at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas.

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