Huskers Earn AFCA Academic Award

Nebraska was one of 25 schools from across the nation to have its football program honored with the 2005 Academic Achievement Award by the American Football Coaches Association last week.

The Huskers, who posted a strong graduation rate of 88 percent for their 1999-2000 freshman class, were one of just 25 schools nationally to be honored for graduating 70 percent or more of its football student-athletes.

The Huskers likely ranked among the top 10 schools in the nation with their 88 percent grad rate, as only six schools in the country achieved a rate of 90 percent or better. Nebraska has been honored by the AFCA for its 70 percent or better graduation rate for five consecutive years and nine times since 1994.

Duke and Northwestern led the nation with 100 percent graduation rates for their freshman classes of 1999-2000, while Boston College, Miami (Ohio), Notre Dame and Vanderbilt all managed graduation rates of 90 percent or better.

Along with Nebraska, Big 12 Conference schools Colorado and Texas Tech were both honored for having graduation rates of 70 percent or higher. The other schools nationally included Ball State, Connecticut, East Carolina, Hawaii, Iowa, Kent State, Mississippi, North Carolina, Northern Illinois, Ohio, Penn State, SMU, Southern Miss, Tulane, Wake Forest and Western Michigan.

Of the record number of 103 schools that responded to the AFCA's graduation rate survey, the median graduation rate for the 1999-2000 freshman class was 57 percent.

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