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DII schools earn Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence

Record 42 schools earn recognition for high graduation rates

Forty-two Division II member schools are recipients of the Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence, presented to member schools earning an Academic Success Rate of 90% or higher. Ten more schools than last year earned the award, setting an all-time high for the 10-year program.

Bentley was again the top performer in the division, turning in a four-year ASR of 99%, followed by Thomas Jefferson University and Saint Michael’s with 98% each.

The Northeast-10 Conference led Division II’s conferences, with seven schools earning the award, followed by the Great Lakes Valley Conference with five and the Sunshine State Conference with four.

“The Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence recognizes Division II member schools for their commitment to a balanced college experience that supports the academic success of college athletes,” said Sandra Jordan, chancellor of the University of South Carolina Aiken and chair of the Division II Presidents Council. “Ten more institutions earned this award than last year, setting an all-time high for this program, but most importantly, this means college athletes at these schools are achieving academic success that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.”

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.

Unlike the federal rate, the Division II ASR includes nearly 34,000 nonscholarship student-athletes and accounts for those who transfer to a Division II 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 2010 to 2013 is 74%.

Division II student-athletes continue to graduate at a higher rate than the general student body. Even when using the less-inclusive federal graduation rate, the 2013 entering class of student-athletes graduated at a rate of 62%, compared with 53% for the general student body.

Schools receiving the Presidents’ Award are:

School

Four-Year ASR

Conference

Bentley University

99

Northeast-10 Conference

Saint Michael’s College

98

Northeast-10 Conference

Thomas Jefferson University

98

Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference

Hillsdale College

97

Great Midwest Athletic Conference

Biola University

96

Pacific West Conference

Rollins College

96

Sunshine State Conference

Point Loma Nazarene University

95

Pacific West Conference

Trevecca Nazarene University

95

Great Midwest Athletic Conference

Seattle Pacific University

94

Great Northwest Athletic Conference

Dominican University of California

94

Pacific West Conference

Cedarville University

94

Great Midwest Athletic Conference

Eckerd College

94

Sunshine State Conference

Rockhurst University

94

Great Lakes Valley Conference

Maryville University of Saint Louis

94

Great Lakes Valley Conference

Davenport University

93

Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

Regis University (Colorado)

93

Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference

University of the Sciences

93

Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference

Stonehill College

92

Northeast-10 Conference

Flagler College

92

Peach Belt Conference

William Jewell College

92

Great Lakes Valley Conference

Le Moyne College

91

Northeast-10 Conference

St. Edward’s University

91

Lone Star Conference

Mercyhurst University

91

Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference

Assumption University

91

Northeast-10 Conference

Southern Wesleyan University

91

Conference Carolinas

St. Thomas Aquinas College

91

East Coast Conference

Adelphi University

91

Northeast-10 Conference

Lewis University

91

Great Lakes Valley Conference

Florida Southern College

91

Sunshine State Conference

Barry University

91

Sunshine State Conference

University of Puerto Rico, Bayamon

91

Independent

Concordia University, St. Paul

91

Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference

Michigan Technological University

91

Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

Saint Anselm College

90

Northeast-10 Conference

Western Washington University

90

Great Northwest Athletic Conference

Davis & Elkins College

90

Mountain East Conference

Truman State University

90

Great Lakes Valley Conference

Converse College

90

Conference Carolinas

West Chester University of Pennsylvania

90

Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference

Daemen College

90

East Coast Conference

Caldwell University

90

Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference

Georgia College

90

Peach Belt Conference