Utah State football: Aggies recognized by AFCA for academic achievement

By Doug Hoffman

For the Deseret News

Published: Friday, Dec. 2 2011 10:00 a.m. MST

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 mid-year enrollees, the GSR increases the total number of student-athletes tracked for graduation by more than 37 percent.

The Aggies will put their four-game win streak on the line when they take their 6-5 overall record and 4-2 WAC mark on the road to Las Cruces, N.M. on Saturday, finishing out regular-season action against New Mexico State. The all-Aggie affair kicks off at 1:30 and will be televised on KCSG (Comcast Ch. 116/DirectTv Ch. 44/Dish Network Ch. 37).

USU is going for its first seven-win season since 1993, and the navy Aggies will be going for their first five-game win streak since that same season, which is also the last time that Utah State won a bowl game, winning the Las Vegas Bowl, 42-33, over Ball State.

Fans can follow the Aggie football program on Twitter (@USUFootball) or on the USU football blog at usufootball.wordpress.com. Aggie fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program on Twitter (@USUAthletics) or on Facebook at facebook.com/USUAthletics.

Doug Hoffman is the assistant athletic director for Utah State University.

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