ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine football squad has received the Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association Academic Progress Rate Award for achieving the highest academic progress rate score of any other football team in the Colonial Athletic Association, the school announced in a press release Friday.
“Our Association is once again delighted to present these awards to spotlight the true mission of all FCS programs, embracing the academic progress of their student-athletes,” said FCS ADA President Ron Strollo, executive director of athletics at Youngstown State . “We are happy to continue to recognize the FCS institutions and their football programs for continuing to reach or maintain exemplary APR scores.”
The 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 2011-12 Black Bear football APR score of 979 ranked first amongst all CAA teams.
Each year, the NCAA tracks the classroom performance of student-athletes on every Division I team through the annual scorecard of academic achievement, known as APR. The rate measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or quarter and provides a clear picture of the academic performance in each sport.
The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-2012 academic years.