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 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.