|In eight of the nine years Rice has been a member of Conference USA, Owls' student-athletes have captured the conference's Institutional Excellence Award. This award is given to the C-USA school with the highest grade point average during the current academic year for all student-athletes in conference sponsored sports.|
For the 2001 through 2004 entering classes, Rice's Federal Graduation rate for student-athletes is 85 percent, first in Conference USA as well as fourth among NCAA Division I-A Schools. The NCAA Graduation Success Rate (GSR) for the same group, which accounts for transfers while discounting those who leave in good standing, is 95 percent.
During that same time, Rice's Federal Graduation rate for African-American student-athletes is 93 percent (first among NCAA Football Bowl Sub-division schools (FBS) with the football team at 84 percent (third among NCAA FBS schools). The NCAA Graduation Success Rate for African-American student-athletes is 96 percent and for football is 93 percent.
In 2010, Rice Football was honored with the AFCA Academic Achievement Award for having the highest graduation rate in the country (100 percent NCAA GSR) for the 2003 entering class. The Rice Football team has been honored for its graduation rate by the American Football Coaches Association 20 times (behind only Virginia with 21) in terms of consistent excellence in the graduation of the student-athletes who compete in football.
The NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) is a statistic that measures the retention and eligibility of the most recent classes of student athletes. Specifically each student athlete on scholarship can yearly earn two points for eligibility and two points for retention out of four points possible for his or her team. For the 2009-10 school year, Rice's Academic Progress Rate is 987/1000 (usually reported as 987).
Single-year and Multi-year (four-year) rates are calculated for each team. The NCAA honors teams that have a multi-year APR in the Top 10 Percent for Division I each year and there are penalties for under-achieving teams. While no Rice team has ever been subject to a penalty, both women's cross country and women's swimming teams have won the Top 10 Percent award six years in a row. During the time period beginning in fall 2005, football has been recognized in each of past five years, women's track and field team has been recognized five times and men's track and field squad four times.
Bray and Sass Award Winners - Photo Gallery
2010 Bray, Sass, and Scholar Athlete Award Winners Photo Gallery
2011 Bray, Sass, and Scholar Athlete Award Winners Photo Gallery
2012 Scholar Athlete Award Winners Photo Gallery