June 25, 2015
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football program was recognized by the Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) as one of the 14 FCS recipients of the Academic Progress Rate (APR) Award, sponsored by Forward Progress. The award is presented to the program with the highest APR score in each of the 13 FCS conferences. Georgetown and Holy Cross tied for the best score in the Patriot League.
The APR Award, given for the 2013-14 academic year, was presented during the FCS ADA Luncheon sponsored by Borden Perlman Insurance Agency during the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Convention in Orlando, Fla.
"It is a great honor for our football program to be recognized by the Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association," Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Lee Reed said. "All of our student-athletes demonstrate a commitment to successfully balancing extraordinary academic achievement with excellence in athletic competition."
Georgetown's APR score of 988 is the highest in the program's history since the first year of the measurement in 2004-05. The GU football program has excelled in the classroom, as all 24 seniors from the Class of 2014 have graduated, while the program has featured 70 Patriot League Academic Honor Roll members over the last two seasons.
"This award is a credit to our players, our coaching staff and especially to our academic coordinator, Dr. Shelly Habel," Head Coach Rob Sgarlata said. "Dr. Habel does a tremendous job of guiding our players through the academic challenges at Georgetown. This graduating class exemplified what it means to be a true student-athlete. They excelled both on and off of the field."
Academic Progress Rate (APR) holds institutions accountable for the academic progress of their student-athletes through a team-based metric that accounts for the eligibility and retention of each student-athlete for each academic term. The APR system includes rewards for superior academic performance and penalties for teams that do not achieve certain academic benchmarks. Data are collected annually, and results are announced in the spring.