THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2011
JU football wins awards for APR improvement

While they are winning championships on the field, the JU football program has been making major strides off the field as well – earning recognition with the most improved Academic Progress Rate (APR) in the Pioneer Football League and among the best in the country.

The Dolphins posted a 935 score for the 2009-10 academic year, the highest in the program’s history – surpassing the previous high of 928 in 2005-06. JU’s four-year multi-year rate is at 919, the highest in the program’s history.

The improvement started with academics. The coaching staff has focused on recruiting high academic performers as well as the continued success of the STAAR program, which provides weekly academic mentoring as well as comprehensive tutoring and study hall sessions.

“We are proud of this accomplishment, which has been a total team effort from Coach Bell and his staff, Donna Kirk and her staff in compliance as well as Chris Johnson and our academic team,” said JU director of athletics Alan Verlander.“