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Hillsdale College Earns Presidents' Award for Academic Excellence

Hillsdale College Earns Presidents' Award for Academic Excellence

NCAA.com release for President's Award for Academic Success

Few athletic department programs have combined excellence in academic and athletics quite like Hillsdale College has in recent years. Wednesday afternoon, proof of the hard work of Charger student-athletes was released.

Hillsdale earned an Academic Success Rate score of 97, good enough to qualify the department to once again win the NCAA Presidents' Award for Academic Excellence. The score of 97 was tied for second among all NCAA Division II institutions.

The only other Great Midwest Athletic Conference institution to appear on the list is Cedarville University, who had a score of 92.

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. Four other schools tied Hillsdale's ASR score of 97: 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