CLEVELAND, Ohio -
The Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) has announced the recipients of the Academic Progress Rate (APR) Award, with Monmouth University attaining the highest APR among Northeast Conference football teams.
"I'm really excited about the performance of our student-athletes," said Monmouth Head Coach Kevin Callahan. "It's nice to see them recognized with the conference's top APR for all of the hard work they put throughout the year in the classroom. I'd also like to thank the office of academic support for their time and effort with our players. It is the student-athletes themselves that have the biggest role in this accomplishment. Our team continues to demonstrate the importance our coaching staff, athletic department and University place upon academics. I'm very proud of the team's achievement and look forward to improving next year."
The APR Award recognizes one institution at each of the 14 FCS conferences that has the highest APR score. In addition, the Association also recognizes one institution from each conference that has improved the most from the previous year. In all, 29 awards will be given this year, due to a tie in the Ivy League for the highest APR score in 2010-11.
"Our Association is pleased to present these awards to spotlight the true mission of all FCS programs, embracing the academic progress of their student-athletes, who will become leaders in their everyday lives outside of the field," said FCS ADA President Dr. Marilyn McNeil, Vice President and Director of Athletics at Monmouth University. "We are happy to continue to recognize the FCS institutions and their football programs for continuing to reach or maintain exemplary APR scores."
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 following institutions have been ranked in their respective conference with the highest APR score the past two years, Colonial Athletic - New Hampshire; Mid-Eastern Athletics - Norfolk State; Northeast - Monmouth
; Ohio Valley - Austin Peay State; Pioneer Football League - Davidson. Both Norfolk State and Davidson have earned this distinction three straight years.
Two institutions went from being the most improved in 2009-10, to recording the highest APR score in their conference, Cal State Sacramento (Big Sky) and Cal Poly State (Great West Football).
The following institutions received their awards during the FCS ADA Luncheon sponsored by UPS, on Monday, June 25 in conjunction with the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Convention at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas.
Each year the NCAA honors selected Division I sports teams by publicly recognizing their latest multiyear NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR). This announcement is part of the overall Division I academic reform effort and is intended to highlight teams that demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving the top APRs within their respective sports.
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. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance.
About the FCS ADA: Now in its 19th 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 47th year. For more information on NACDA and the 12 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com.