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Division II schools earn Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence

27 schools recognized for high scores in four-year Academic Success Rates

The Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence — presented to Division II member schools earning an Academic Success Rate of 90 percent or higher — will go to 27 schools in the eighth year of the program.

Bentley was the top performer in the division, turning in a four-year ASR of 99 percent. Five schools also earned rates of 97 percent: Hillsdale, Point Loma, Saint Michael’s, Seattle Pacific and Thomas Jefferson University.

The Northeast-10 and Great Lakes Valley conferences led Division II’s 24 conferences in ASR rates, with four athletics programs posting scores of 90 percent or more.

“The schools we recognize with the Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence demonstrate a firm commitment to support the academic success of student-athletes,” said Glen Jones, president of Henderson State and chair of the Division II Presidents Council. “We commend them for their ongoing efforts to provide student-athletes with the opportunity to excel in the classroom, on the field and for life.”

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 athletic scholarships.

The Division II ASR also 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. The national ASR for the four cohorts of student-athletes who entered college from 2008 to 2011 is 73 percent, up 1 point from the previous four-year cohort (2007-10).

Division II student-athletes continue to graduate at a higher rate than the general student body. The federal rate for the 2011 entering class of student-athletes increased 1 point to 57 percent, compared with 50 percent for the general student body.

 

School
Conference
Four-Year ASR
Bentley
Northeast-10 Conference
99
Thomas Jefferson University
Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference
97
Saint Michael's
Northeast-10 Conference
97
Point Loma
Pacific West Conference
97
Seattle Pacific
Great Northwest Athletic Conference
97
Hillsdale
Great Midwest Athletic Conference
97
Stonehill
Northeast-10 Conference
96
Rollins
Sunshine State Conference
95
Eckerd
Sunshine State Conference
95
University of the Sciences
Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference
94
Flagler
Peach Belt Conference
94
UC San Diego
California Collegiate Athletic Association
94
Regis (Colorado)
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
94
UIndy
Great Lakes Valley Conference
92
Cedarville
Great Midwest Athletic Conference
92
Westminster (Utah)
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
92
Sioux Falls
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
92
Rockhurst
Great Lakes Valley Conference
92
Lewis
Great Lakes Valley Conference
91
Barry
Sunshine State Conference
91
Assumption
Northeast-10 Conference
91
Bellarmine
Great Lakes Valley Conference
90
Caldwell
Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference
90
Oakland City
Independent
90
Western Washington
Great Northwest Athletic Conference
90
Dominican (California)
Pacific West Conference
90
Dallas Baptist University
Heartland Conference
90