BIRMINGHAM, Ala.- The Southwestern Athletic Conference has recognized its 2019-20 Academic Award recipients and SWAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll members.
The SWAC Academic Success Award is a monetary award decided based upon each member institutions collective ranking in the categories of highest four-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) average, highest single year APR average, and highest Graduate Success Rate (GSR).
Jackson State claimed the 2019-20 SWAC Academic Success Award finishing with a total of 30 points based upon the point scale system used to determine an institutional winner. The University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff (23) and Mississippi Valley State (23) round out the list of top three finishers within the conference.
Alabama State (72 percent) claimed the All-Academic Achievement Award which is presented to the athletic program that has the highest percentage of student-athletes that earned a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better during the 2019-20 academic year. Mississippi Valley State (67 percent) finished 2nd, while Arkansas-Pine Bluff (57 percent) and Alabama A&M (57 percent) finished tied for 3rd place.
This past academic term over 1,700 student-athletes within the conference achieved historic academic success during the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters, marking a significant increase of over 11.7 percent from the previous academic term. The SWAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll is comprised of student-athletes with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.