June 5, 2013
BOISE, Idaho - For the third-straight year, the Boise State University football team has earned a Public Recognition Award from the NCAA for having its multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) score in the top-10 percent among Football Bowl Subdivision schools.
The full APR report, which will include scores for all teams, will be released by the NCAA on Tuesday (June 11).
Boise State was one of six schools among the 13 recognized by the NCAA at the FBS level, which also finished in the top 25 of last year's final on-the-field rankings. The Broncos were ranked No. 14 in the final USA Today Coaches' Poll and No. 18 in the final Associated Press Poll.
The other FBS schools receiving academic recognition and ranked in the final 2012 polls were Clemson University, Northwestern University, Stanford University, The Ohio State University and the University of Alabama.
Boise State, Clemson, Northwestern and Ohio State are the only schools to receive the honors for the past three seasons.
The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation, providing a measure of each team's academic performance.
The past three years Boise State has also been listed among the top-three for the highest academic score for teams that play in a postseason bowl game. This past season the Broncos were No. 3 behind Northwestern and Northern Illinois in the Higher Ed Watch's Academic Formula. The previous two seasons (2010 and 2011) Boise State was ranked No. 2 in the listing.
Boise State's football team has also posted the top APR team score among its conference members the past six seasons. The Broncos had the top APR football score in the Mountain West Conference in last year's report, the top APR score in its final five years as a member of the Western Athletic Conference.