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    Wildcats Receive Seventh AFCA Academic Achievement Award

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    Pat Fitzgerald's Northwestern program is the co-winner of the 2012 AFCA Academic Achievement Award.

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    Pat Fitzgerald's Northwestern program is the co-winner of the 2012 AFCA Academic Achievement Award.
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    Nov. 26, 2012

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- For the seventh time since 1998, Northwestern will receive the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Academic Achievement Award, the organization announced Monday. The 2012 award is based on the NCAA Graduation Success Rate (GSR) formula as it relates to student-athletes that entered school in the 2005-06 academic year.

    Northwestern shares this year's honor with Stanford, with both schools achieving a 100 percent graduation rate for student-athletes in the aforementioned academic cohort. The schools will accept their awards at the 90th annual AFCA convention on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn.

    Northwestern has been the winner or co-winner of the award on seven occasions since Big Ten teams became eligible for the accolade in 1997 -- 1998, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010 and 2012 -- three more times than the next most frequent honoree in that time (Duke).

    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 measure holds institutions accountable for transfer students, unlike the federal graduation rate, and also accounts for midyear enrollees.

     

     

    The Academic Achievement Award was established by the College Football Association in 1981. The award recognized the CFA-member Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) 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 -- including Big Ten schools for the first time.

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