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32 Division II schools earn academic honor

Award recognizes 4-year Academic Success Rates of 90 percent or higher

Thirty-two Division II member schools will be honored as part of the Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence program for achieving four-year Academic Success Rates of 90 percent or higher. This is the seventh year of the program.

Bentley, Saint Michael’s and Point Loma led Division II with an Academic Success Rate of 98 percent, followed by Seattle Pacific, Stonehill and University of the Sciences with a 97 percent ASR.

The Northeast-10, Great Lakes Valley and Sunshine State conferences led Division II’s 24 conferences, with five athletics programs apiece posting ASRs of 90 percent or higher.

“Division II operates with a ‘Life in the Balance’ approach, emphasizing learning, growth and development through academics, athletics, community engagement, and post-graduation success,” said Glen Jones, president of Henderson State and chair of the Division II Presidents Council. “Academics is a key component of this balance, and I am proud of the commitment our schools have made to this philosophy and the magnificent achievements of our student-athletes.”

The Academic Success Rate is the percentage of student-athletes who graduate within six years of initial collegiate enrollment and includes virtually all Division II student-athletes, including transfers and those not receiving athletics scholarships.

The Division II ASR captures about 48 percent more student-athletes than the federal graduation rate. Unlike the federal rate, the ASR counts nonscholarship student-athletes and those who transfer to a school after initial enrollment elsewhere, while removing student-athletes who leave school while academically eligible. Nationally, the ASR is 72 percent for Division II student-athletes who entered college from 2007 through 2010, an increase of 1 percentage point from the 2006-09 groups.

Division II student-athletes continue to graduate at a higher rate than the general student body. The federal rate for the 2010 entering class of student-athletes held steady at 56 percent, compared with 50 percent for the general student body.

School
Conference
ASR
Bentley University
Northeast-10 Conference
98
Saint Michael's College
Northeast-10 Conference
98
Point Loma Nazarene University
Pacific West Conference
98
Seattle Pacific University
Great Northwest Athletic Conference
97
Stonehill College
Northeast-10 Conference
97
University of the Sciences
Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference
97
University of Indianapolis
Great Lakes Valley Conference
96
Hillsdale College
Great Midwest Athletic Conference
96
Thomas Jefferson University
Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference
95
Oakland City University
Independent
95
Eckerd College
Sunshine State Conference
94
University of California, San Diego
California Collegiate Athletic Association
94
Flagler College
Peach Belt Conference
94
Cedarville University
Great Midwest Athletic Conference
93
Assumption College
Northeast-10 Conference
93
Bellarmine University
Great Lakes Valley Conference
93
University of Sioux Falls
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
93
Rollins College
Sunshine State Conference
93
Rockhurst University
Great Lakes Valley Conference
93
Lewis University
Great Lakes Valley Conference
92
Concordia University, St. Paul
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
92
Regis University (Colorado)
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
92
University of Findlay
Great Midwest Athletic Conference
91
Barry University
Sunshine State Conference
91
California Baptist University
Pacific West Conference
91
The College of Saint Rose
Northeast-10 Conference
91
University of Puerto Rico, Bayamon
Independent
90
Maryville University of Saint Louis
Great Lakes Valley Conference
90
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Florida)
Sunshine State Conference
90
Western Washington University
Great Northwest Athletic Conference
90
Dallas Baptist University
Heartland Conference
90
Florida Southern College
Sunshine State Conference
90