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NSU Wins FCS APR Award for 2nd Straight Year

Wednesday, June 1, 2011   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Maurice Hawkins
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NSU Wins FCS APR Award for 2nd Straight Year

The Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) announced that Norfolk State University will receive the Academic Progress Rate Award for the MEAC for the second consecutive year. The award recognizes the school which tallied the highest football APR score in each of the 14 FCS conferences during the 2009-10 school year.

Previously, the National Collegiate Athletic Association 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 APR is a formula which measures athlete retention and eligibility. A score of 925 equates to a 50 percent graduation rate.

The NSU football team had an APR score of 928 for 2009-10 and a four-year rate of 947. The FCS ADA also gives out a most improved award to one team from each conference. The MEAC's most improved award recipient for 2009-10 is North Carolina A&T. The winners will receive their awards at a luncheon on Thursday, June 16 in conjunction with the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Convention at the World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando, Fla.

"I am very pleased that our football student-athletes performed at a high level academically to earn this award for the second straight year,” NSU Athletics Director Marty L. Miller said. "This award reflects the results of the hard work of the staff, coaches and academic enhancement counselors in meeting the standards established for the student-athletes at Norfolk State University. We also realize that this is an ongoing task that we must continue to address because of the challenges that confront our student-athletes each and every year.”

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