Nov. 27, 2012
Head coach David Bailiff's Rice Owls again rank among the national leaders among football programs whose student-athletes complete their college careers with a degree in hand. For the 22nd time in the last 25 years, the Owls have been recognized by the American Football Coaches Association in its annual initiative to recognize the top graduation rates in college football.
The Owls will pick up their 22nd honorable mention citation to go along with the Academic Excellence Award they shared in 2010. The Owls were cited for having a graduation success rate of 90 percent or better for its freshman football student-athlete class of 2005.
Northwestern University and Stanford University share the AFCA’s 2012 Academic Achievement Award, which is presented by the Touchdown Club of Memphis. Northwestern and Stanford recorded a 100 percent graduation rate for members of its freshman football student-athlete class of 2005.
Forty-seven other institutions will be recognized for graduating 75 percent or more of their football student-athletes. Sixteen of those institutions — Air Force, Alabama, Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Mississippi, Nevada, Northern Illinois, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Rutgers, TCU, Tulsa, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest — achieved a rate of 90 percent or better.
The remaining 31 institutions are: Army, Baylor, Boise State, Buffalo, BYU, Central Florida, Colorado, Colorado State, East Carolina, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Miami (Fla.), Middle Tennessee State, Minnesota, Missouri, Navy, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Pittsburgh, Rice, San Diego State, Syracuse, Temple, Texas, Texas A&M, UCLA, Utah State, Western Michigan and Wisconsin.
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.
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.
Under GSR calculation, institutions are not penalized for outgoing transfer students who leave in good academic standing. These outgoing transfers are passed to the receiving institution’s GSR cohort. By counting incoming transfer students and midyear enrollees, the GSR increases the total number of student-athletes tracked for graduation by more than 37 percent.
2012 Conference Breakdown of Winners and Honorable Mentions: Big 10- 7, SEC- 6, ACC- 5, Big East- 5, Mountain West- 5, Big 12- 4, Conference USA- 4, Independents- 4, MAC- 4, Pac-12- 3, Sun Belt- 1, WAC- 1.
Academic Achievement Award Winners Through the Years
1982: Notre Dame*
1983: Notre Dame*
1984: Duke & Notre Dame*
1988: Notre Dame*
1991: Notre Dame*
1992: Boston College & TCU*
1995: Boston College, Duke & Wake Forest*
1996: Boston College, Duke & Vanderbilt*
2001: Notre Dame & Vanderbilt
2004: Boston College & Northwestern
2005: Duke & Northwestern
2007: Northwestern & Notre Dame
2009: Notre Dame & Miami (Fla.)
2010: Northwestern & Rice
2011: Boise State & Miami (Ohio)
2012: Northwestern & Stanford
*- Presented by the College Football Association
Most Awards: Duke, 12; Notre Dame, 8; Northwestern, 7; Boston College, 4; Vanderbilt, 3.
Most Honorable Mentions: Notre Dame, 23; Penn State, 22; Rice, 22; Virginia, 22; Vanderbilt, 21.