Vanderbilt and Middle Tennessee State were two of 12 Bowl Subdivision football programs honored with 2012 Public Recognition Awards for sustained academic performance, the NCAA announced Thursday.
The awards to go to the top 10 percent in each sport, based on multi-year Academic Performance Rate (APR). There are 120 FBS programs.
The other football programs cited were: Air Force, Boise State, Clemson, Duke, Miami (Fla.), Northern Illinois, Northwestern, Ohio State, Rice and Rutgers.
"We take academics very seriously at Middle Tennessee and to be honored for a second straight year is a credit to our student-athletes," MTSU football coach Rick Stockstill said in a statement from the school. "Our goal and main priority is for each student-athlete to leave here with a degree in hand."
The APR is a score that measures “eligibility and retention each semester or quarter and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport.” A perfect score is 1000. The scores of this year’s Public Recognition Award winners in all sports ranged from 978 to 1000.
The 2012 awards are based on the APRs from the 2007-08 academic year through 2010-11. A total of 954 awards were announced and included 263 of the 347 Division I colleges and universities.
In all, Vanderbilt had an SEC-best nine programs receive Public Recognition Awards. Belmont had seven.
A rundown of the Middle Tennessee programs that received Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA on Thursday:
• Vanderbilt — baseball, men's cross country, women's cross country, football, men's golf, women's golf, soccer, men's tennis, women's tennis.
• Belmont — baseball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, women’s golf, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, women’s tennis.
• Middle Tennessee State — football, men’s golf.