CLEVELAND– The University of New Hampshire football program has been recognized for its academic success and student-athlete graduation rate by receiving this year's Academic Progress Rate (APR) Award for the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), it was announced Wednesday by the Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA).
The APR Award recognizes one institution at each of the 14 FCS conferences for compiling the top APR score, and UNH finished with the highest tally in CAA Football, placing ahead of Delaware, Hofstra, James Madison, Maine, Massachusetts, Northeastern, Rhode Island, Richmond, Towson, Villanova and William & Mary*.
"The FCS AD's Association is pleased to continue the program that was established a year ago to recognize institutions and their football programs for registering exemplary APR scores," said president Greg Burke, athletics director at Northwestern State University. "These awards are an appropriate way to spotlight the true mission of all FCS programs, which is to graduate student-athletes who will be our leaders of tomorrow."
UNH will receive its award during the FCS ADA Luncheon, sponsored by Borden Perlman Insurance Agency, on Thursday, June 16, in conjunction with the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Convention at the World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando, Fla.
The announcement comes eight days after the UNH football team, which boasts a nation-leading seven consecutive NCAA D-I postseason appearances, was the only FCS program from a public school in the country to receive an APR Public Recognition Award, as well as one of only 12 FCS schools nationally and one of just four non-Ivy League schools feted.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) member colleges and universities adopted a comprehensive academic reform package designed to improve the academic success and graduation of all student-athletes. The centerpiece of the package is the academic measurement for teams, known as the APR.
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, accounting for eligibility, retention and graduation and providing a measure of each team's academic performance. By measuring eligibility and retention each semester or quarter, the APR displays a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport.
About the FCS ADA: Now in its 18th year, the Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association's mission is to enhance Football Championship Subdivision football. For more information on the FCS ADA, please visit www.fcsada.com. The FCS ADA is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which is in its 46th year. For more information on NACDA and the 11 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com.
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*scores from the 2009-10 academic year