Academic Achievement Award
Boise State Assistant Coach Robert Prince (LC) and Miami (Ohio) Head Coach Don Treadwell (RC) received the 2011 Academic Achievement Award from members of the Touchdown Club of Memphis, John David Baddour (R) and Bill Harper (L).
The Academic Achievement Award was originally established by the College Football Association in 1981 and was presented annually by the Touchdown Club of Memphis through 1997. The award recognized the CFA-member FBS institution with the highest graduation rate among members of its football team. The award and honorable mention plaques were presented each year at the CFA’s annual meeting in Dallas.
With the demise of the CFA, the American Football Coaches Association stepped in to continue to present the award as well as conduct a graduation rate survey similar to the one done each year by the CFA.
The winner of the AFCA Academic Achievement Award, which is still presented by the Touchdown Club of Memphis, is selected using the NCAA’s Graduation Success Rate (GSR) formula. From 1981 to 2007, the award was presented based on a formula used by the College Football Association and AFCA. Since 2008, the criteria for the AFCA’s Academic Achievement Award is based on the highest NCAA GSR, at least 15 students in the GSR Cohort, and a Federal Graduation Rate of 75 percent or better.
Most Awards: Duke has won or shared the Academic Achievement Award 12 times. Notre Dame is second with eight awards followed by Northwestern with six awards, Boston College with four awards and Vanderbilt with three awards.
Honorable Mention: Notre Dame and Virginia have earned the most honorable mention honors with 22 apiece. They are followed by Penn State and Rice with 21 and Vanderbilt with 20.
Top Conference: ACC schools have been honored 101 times since the award was created in 1981. The ACC’s 15 winners are the most among current FBS conferences. Since 1998, when the award was expanded to include all FBS conferences the Big 10 is second with 48 honorees.
For more information on the Touchdown Club of Memphis, please visit their website at http://www.tdcmemphis.com/.