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The Northern Illinois football program has been named to the American Football Coaches Association's honorable mention list for the 2011 Academic Achievement Award, presented by the Touchdown Club of Memphis.

Based on the NCAA Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of football student-athletes who enrolled in 2004, the award is given annually to the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision team with the highest GSR, at least 15 students in the GSR cohort and a Federal Graduation Rate of 75 percent or better. Boise State and Miami (Ohio) shared this year's Academic Achievement Award with a 100 percent graduation rate, while Northern Illinois was one of 44 schools named to the honorable mention list.

Among the 44 honorable mention teams, which includes institutions who graduated 75 percent or more of their football student-athletes, NIU was one of 15 schools at the top of the list with a GSR of 90 percent or higher. Those 15 teams are Air Force, Army, Boston College, Central Florida, Duke, Florida, Iowa, Miami (Fla.), Navy, Northern Illinois, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Penn State, Rice and Stanford.

Including Miami, NIU was one of four Mid-American Conference teams recognized in 2011 as Ohio and Bowling Green were also among the AFCA's honorable mention squads.

This year's award marks the fourth time the NCAA's Graduation Success Rate (GSR) formula has been used to select the winner of the AFCA Academic Achievement Award. From 1981 to 2007, the award was presented based on a formula used by the College Football Association and AFCA.


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NIU President Dr. John Peters is one of three university presidents named today to the NCAA Division I Bowl Licensing Task Force by NCAA President Mark Emmert. 

The formation of the task force was announced by Emmert in April; the 12-member group is charged with reviewing the NCAA Division I football bowl structure, including examining governance and oversight by bowl sponsoring agencies, conflict of interest rules and policies, advertising and title sponsorship standards, and the financial management oversight of the bowl games.

Peters, who has been a member of the NCAA Board of Directors and is the Mid-American Conference representative on the Bowl Championship Series Presidential Oversight Committee, recently served on the BCS task force that reviewed the qualifications of the Fiesta Bowl to remain in the BCS.

The NCAA Bowl Licensing Task Force is made up of leading corporate executives, university presidents, athletics directors and conference representatives.  The task force expects to report findings and recommendations to the NCAA Board of Directors in October.

Read the NCAA's announcement about the formation of the task force and links to the details of its efforts here.

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