Air Force Football Recognized By AFCA For Academic Achievement

    Junior wide receiver Kevin Fogler.
    Junior wide receiver Kevin Fogler.

    Dec. 10, 2009

    WACO, Texas - The Air Force football program was one of 41 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) institutions to be recognized for academic achievement in the classroom. Air Force earned the recognition for graduating 75 percent or more of its football student-athletes.

    The Falcons were one of three Mountain West Conference institutions to make the list, joining New Mexico and TCU.

    The University of Notre Dame and University of Miami will share the American Football Coaches Association's 2009 Academic Achievement Award, which is presented by the Touchdown Club of Memphis. Notre Dame and Miami recorded a 100 percent graduation rate for members of its freshman football student-athlete class of 2002.

    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. The NCAA also calculates the federal graduation rate for student-athletes because it is the only rate by which to compare student-athletes to the general student body.



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