ORLANDO, Fla. – The Bethune-Cookman Football Wildcats received the most improved APR award for the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) at a special awards luncheon in Orlando, Florida.
Sandra Booker, Senior Associate Athletics Director and Senior Woman Administrator at B-CU, accepted the award for Bethune-Cookman from NACDA’s Brandon McCladdie during the FCS (Football Championship Subdivision) Athletic Director’s Association Luncheon at the year’s national convention.
"I am so proud to stand on behalf of the student-athletes, coaches and academic staff who continuously strive for academic excellence", said Booker.
B-CU athletics was recognized by the FCS Athletic Director's Association as the most improved APR Score in football in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. This is the third such award in the last four years.
Implemented in 2003 as part of an ambitious academic reform effort in Division I, the 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.
B-CU Football has earned at least a share of the MEAC football crown in four of the past five seasons and earned three NCAA playoff appearances during the same time span. Additionally, B-CU has won at least a share of the last three consecutive MEAC crowns.