Bulldog Football Team Recognized for APR Success
Courtesy Alabama A&M Sports Information
Alabama A&M's football program has been recognized by the Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) for its Academic Progress Rate (APR) Award.
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.
"I along with the assistant coaches and the academic enhancement team work extremely hard at keeping the student-athletes advancing academically," head football coach Anthony Jones mentioned. "We recruit athletes to not only play football but to grow and development into substantial contributors to society."
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.
"Anytime you can lead the conference in any area that's an honor," Jones said. "This is a heck of an honor for the entire team. I would like to say congratulations to the players for their hardwork and dedication to themselves and Alabama A&M."
The following institutions will receive 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.
|Conference||Highest APR in 2010-11|
|Big Sky Conference||California State University Sacramento|
|Big South Conference||Stony Brook University|
|Colonial Athletic Association||University of New Hampshire|
|Great West Football Conference||California Polytechnic State University|
|Ivy League||Brown University & Yale University|
|Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference||Norfolk State University|
|Missouri Valley Football Conference||North Dakota State University|
|Northeast Conference||Monmouth University|
|Ohio Valley Conference||Austin Peay State University|
|Patriot League||Lafayette College|
|Pioneer Football League||Davidson College|
|Southern Conference||Appalachian State University|
|Southland Conference||University of Central Arkansas|
|Southwestern Athletic Conference||Alabama A&M University|