Pittsburgh, Pa. -- The Robert Morris University football team was honored Thursday by the Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) as the inaugural recipient of the Most Improved Academic Progress Rate (APR) Award for the Northeast Conference (NEC).
The APR Award recognizes one institution at each of the 14 FCS conferences that has the highest APR score as well as one institution from each conference that has improved the most from the previous year. In all, 28 awards are handed out.
For RMU, the Colonials had the most improved APR score in the NEC from the 2007-08 academic year to the 2008-09 academic year.
"The FCS ADA continues to look for ways to recognize its institutions and support our mission of graduating student-athletes," said FCS ADA President Pete Fields, athletics director at Montana State University. "Using the APR as a measuring tool is another way for us to honor deserving institutions."
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) members colleges and universities adopted a comprehensive academic reform package designed to improve the academic success and graduation of all student-athletes. The centerpiece package is the academic measurements for teams, known as the APR.
Robert Morris will receive its award during the FCS ADA Luncheon, sponsored by Borden Perlman Insurance Agency, Tuesday, June 22, 2010, in conjunction with the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Convention at the Marriott Hotel in Anaheim, Calif.
About the FCS ADA: Now in its 17th year, the Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association's mission is to enhance Football Championship Subdivision football. For more information on the FCS ADA, please visit www.fcsada.com.