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Division II Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence announced


26 Division II schools have been honored with the Division II Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence for achieving four-year Academic Success Rates (ASR) of 90 percent or more.

Maryville University of St. Louis and Simon Fraser University, the NCAA’s first international member institution, led the way with ASRs of 100 percent, meaning they graduated all of their student-athletes from the 2002-05 cohort within six years of original enrollment.

William Jewell College posted an ASR of 99 percent, while St. Michael’s College, which was at the top of last year’s list, reported 98 percent.

The Division II Academic Requirements Committee created the Division II Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence to recognize programs achieving long-term academic success. The honor is intended to call attention to those programs and is not intended as a ranking.

The Academic Success Rate is a measure that reflects the unique qualities of Division II. It measures graduation rates for virtually all Division II student-athletes, including transfers and those not receiving athletically related financial aid. The inclusion of student-athletes who do not receive athletically related financial aid distinguishes the ASR from Division I’s Graduation Success Rate.

Active and provisional member institutions when the data were submitted for 2011-12 were eligible for the Division II Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence.

“This is the second year for this award and the first in which any institution has reported an Academic Success Rate of 100 percent,” said Pat O’Brien, president of West Texas A&M University and chair of the Division II Presidents Council. “Maryville and Simon Fraser deserve enormous credit for achieving such excellence over a four-year period. In fact, all of the institutions on the list deserve a high degree of respect.”

The Division II Academic Success Rate captures about two-thirds 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 athletically related financial aid. The national four-year ASR average is 72 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 2005 entering class of student-athletes was 54 percent, compared to 48 percent for the general student body.


100 Maryville University of Saint Louis, Simon Fraser University
99 William Jewell College
98 Saint Michael's College
97 Stonehill College, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
95 Assumption College, University of Puerto Rico, Bayamon
94 Christian Brothers University, Rollins College, University of California, San Diego
93 Chestnut Hill College, Lees-McRae College, Oakland City University, Seattle Pacific University
92 Adelphi University, Bentley University, Merrimack College, Rockhurst University, Truman State University
91 Eckerd College, Philadelphia University
90 Bellarmine University, Colorado School of Mines, Hillsdale College, Saint Anselm College