KALAMAZOO, Mich. - WMU football is one of four Mid-American Conference programs to be recognized by the American Football Coaches Association for its graduation success rate over a seven-year period.

In total, 47 Division I FBS programs were recognized by the AFCA for having a Graduation Success Rate (GSR) at 75 percent or better.  Included in that list were Western Michigan, Buffalo, Northern Illinois and Ohio from the MAC.

The GSR is based on a six-year graduation window for student-athletes which is a change from the five-year window used by the CFAand AFCA. The GSR was developed by the NCAA as part of its academic reform initiative to more accurately assess the academic success of student-athletes. The GSR holds institutions accountable for transfer students, unlike the federal graduation rate. The GSR also accounts for mid-year enrollees.

Since 2005, the first in the most recent graduation window, WMU has surpassed the previous year's team GPA and boasted five Capital One Academic All-Americans.