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Summary of Division III Academic Success Rates

In 2010 Division III launched the Academic Reporting Program, a voluntary data collection of student-athlete graduation information.  Division III schools are not required to report rates specifically for student-athletes, although they still must fulfill the federal reporting requirement for the student body.  The voluntary program allows for the calculation of Federal Graduation Rate and Academic Success Rate for Division III student-athletes.  The ASR for Division III is similar to the metric used for Division II, because it doesn’t rely on the student-athlete receiving athletics-based aid as the mechanism for being counted as it is in Division I.

2019 marks the completion of the 10th year of voluntary reporting. Across that time, 74% of the Division III membership participated in the program at some point. In 2019, 264 institutions (60%) of the membership submitted data, the most ever.  The sample continues to be representative of the division – that is, the pool of schools submitting data was proportionate to the makeup of the division as far as public/private, enrollment size and geographic location. The data continues to result in student-athlete Federal Graduation Rates higher than those of the student bodies at those schools – 67% versus 63%. The ASR, which accounts for student-athletes that separate from their institution prior to graduation and in good academic standing, continues to sit at 87%, the same level for the past five years.

At the 2019 national convention, Division III passed a proposal to make graduation-rate collection for student-athletes a division-wide policy. Beginning in 2020, institutions will be required to submit student-athlete graduation information. A census of graduation rates will afford the membership an opportunity to conduct comprehensive self-assessment and benchmarking via the Institutional Performance Program (IPP) where the rates will be housed.  Additional research on trends and graduation rates