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Division II celebrates continued academic and graduation success

In the third year of the Division II Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence program, 27 schools have been honored for achieving four-year Academic Success Rates of 90 percent or more.

Simon Fraser University, the NCAA’s first and currently only international member institution, led all of Division II with an ASR of 100 percent, meaning all student-athletes from the 2003-06 cohort graduated within six years of original enrollment.

Davis and Elkins College and William Jewell College posted ASRs of 99 percent, while St. Michael’s College reported an ASR of 98 percent.

The Northeast-10 paced Division II’s 24 conferences in ASR rates, with eight athletic programs posting scores of 90 percent or more.

The Academic Success Rate measures graduation success for Division II schools. As a result of Division II’s unique qualities, the ASR measures the graduation success of virtually all Division II student-athletes, including transfers and those not receiving athletics scholarships, which distinguishes it from Division I’s Graduation Success Rate. Approximately 56 percent of Division II student-athletes receive some level of athletics aid.

Each of the division’s 292 active member schools is eligible for the Division II Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence.

“This year marks the third year for this award and the second time that a school has posted an Academic Success Rate of 100 percent,” said Tom Haas, president of Grand Valley State University and chair of the Division II Presidents Council. “We are tremendously proud of Division II schools and the successes of their student-athletes, and we are confident that we will continue to see schools increase their graduation rates.”

The Division II Academic Success Rate captures about 60 percent more student-athletes than the federal graduation rate, which does not count incoming transfers, counts outgoing transfers as having not graduated and counts only student-athletes receiving athletics scholarships. The national four-year ASR average is 71 percent.

No matter what measure is used, Division II student-athletes graduate at a higher rate than the general student body. The federal rate for the 2006 entering class of student-athletes was 54 percent, compared to 48 percent for the general student body.

School

4Yr ASR

Simon Fraser University

100

Davis and Elkins College

99

William Jewell College

99

Saint Michael's College

98

Stonehill College

97

University of the Sciences in Philadelphia

96

Bentley University

95

Regis University (Colorado)

94

Rollins College

94

University of Puerto Rico, Bayamon

94

Assumption College

93

Maryville University of Saint Louis

93

University of California, San Diego

93

Christian Brothers University

92

Hillsdale College

92

Nova Southeastern University

92

Rockhurst University

92

Seattle Pacific University

92

St. Edward's University

92

Adelphi University

91

Concordia College (New York)

91

Saint Anselm College

91

Cedarville University

90

Eckerd College

90

Merrimack College

90

Philadelphia University

90

University of New Haven

90

 

Conference

Members

Northeast-10 Conference

8

Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference

3

Great Lakes Valley Conference

3

Sunshine State Conference

3

Great Northwest Athletic Conference

2

Great Midwest Athletic Conference

2

California Collegiate Athletic Association

1

Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

1

Gulf South Conference

1

Heartland Conference

1

Independent

1

Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference

1