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Northwestern, Stanford share academic honor

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Northwestern and Stanford have been named co-winners of the American Football Coaches Association's 2012 Academic Achievement Award, which is presented by the Touchdown Club of Memphis. Both universities recorded a 100 percent graduation rate for members of its freshman football student-athlete class of 2005. 

This is the seventh honor for Northwestern since the award's inception and the first for Stanford. 

Illinois, Northern Illinois and Notre Dame were among 47 other institutions recognized for graduating 75 percent or more of their student-athletes. This 

The Academic Achievement Award was established by the College Football Association in 1981. The award recognized the CFA-member Football Bowl Subdivision institution with the highest graduation rate among members of its football team. When the CFA disbanded in 1997, the AFCA stepped in to present the award and conduct a graduation rate survey that encompassed all members of the FBS. 

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Yes, Stanford should be congratulated. Awesome school! But, this is the 7th time NORTHWESTERN has won the award. It's interesting that the first two comments - to a CHICAGO article - slobbered all over Stanford and didn't even mention Northwestern. Seems correlated to the difficulty Northwestern has filling their football stadium...

I remember two years ago my son Taylor attended football camp at Stanford and I appreciated hearing Coach Shaw make it very clear that the boys needed to make the grade before playing ball at Stanford. Currently we are hoping and praying that my son has made the grade and accepted into Stanford so he can be apart of the continued success of the school as a whole. Keep up the good work!

No surprise. Stanford offers a life after football with standards higher than other Division I football programs. The Farm represents an institution of higher learning first and foremost. Athletics are secondary and Stanford defines student-athlete unlike SEC and other conferences. Congratulations to the administration, coaches and athletes.

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