Dec. 4, 2011
WACO, Texas - The American Football Coaches Association has recognized Louisiana Tech has one of 44 teams to graduate over 75 percent of football student-athletes.
Louisiana Tech is one of three WAC schools to receive honorable mention in terms of academics along with Fresno State and Utah State.
Two schools, Boise State and Miami (Ohio) will receive the Academic Achievement Award for recording a 100 percent graduation rate of its freshman football student-athletes since 2004.
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.
2011 Conference Breakdown of Winners and Honorable Mentions: Conference USA- 7, ACC- 6, Big 10- 4, Big East- 4, MAC- 4, Mountain West- 4, Independents- 3, Pac-12- 3, SEC- 3, Sun Belt- 3, WAC- 3, Big 12- 2.