June 20, 2013
ORLANDO, Fla. - The Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association has recognized the UC Davis football team with an Academic Progress Rate Award for having the highest APR score in the Big Sky Conference, the second time in three years the Aggies have been honored.
UC Davis received the prestigious recognition in 2011 after posting the best APR score in the Great West Conference, the Aggies' previous league prior to joining the Big Sky for the 2012 season.
The APR calculation, which covers both student-athlete retention and eligibility, helps measure classroom performance of Division I athletes. The Aggie football team posted an APR of 970 in 2011-12, best among the 13 current football programs in the Big Sky.
"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 in the organization's announcement. "We are happy to continue to recognize the FCS institutions and their football programs for continuing to reach or maintain exemplary APR scores."
Twenty-six teams from 13 FCS conferences were recognized with awards either having the highest APR scores in 2011-12 or for having the most improved score. Idaho State was the Big Sky winner for the most improved APR. The presentations were made during the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Convention last week in Orlando, Fla. UC Davis Director of Athletics Terry Tumey accepted the award on behalf of UC Davis.
The NCAA recently released APR scores for its member institutions while also publicly lauding programs that had scores ranked among the top 10 percent of their respective sports. UC Davis women's tennis, women's basketball and women's gymnastics received the NCAA Public Recognition Awards.