Boston College and Northwestern University will receive the American Football Coaches Association’s 2004 Academic Achievement Award, which is presented annually by the Touchdown Club of Memphis. The schools each recorded a 100 percent graduation rate when all members of their freshman classes of 1998-99 earned a degree.
Thirty other institutions will be recognized for graduating 70 percent or more of their football players. Three of those institutions achieved a rate of 90 percent or better: Notre Dame, Oklahoma State and Wake Forest. The others receiving honorable mention are: Ball State, Bowling Green, Duke, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kansas State, Marshall, Maryland, Memphis, Miami (Fla.), Miami (Ohio), Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Rice, Southern Mississippi, Syracuse, TCU, Texas Tech, Toledo, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, West Virginia and Western Michigan.
The overall graduation rate of the 94 schools that responded to the survey was 59 percent, similar to the previous year. Forty-nine of the members responding were above the average and 45 were below the average. The median graduation rate was 60 percent, compared to 59 percent last year and 61 percent two years ago.
The study involves the freshman class from the academic year of 1998-99, including those who entered at that time but who did not receive financial aid until after their initial year, or who transferred from another institution and subsequently received a grant-in-aid.
2004 Breakdown by Conference
Big East: 5
Big 12: 5
Atlantic Coast: 4
Big Ten: 4
Conference USA: 3
Western Athletic: 2