Embrace The Philosophy: Five NE10 Institutions to Receive NCAA Division II Presidents' Award for Academic Excellence

Embrace The Philosophy: Five NE10 Institutions to Receive NCAA Division II Presidents' Award for Academic Excellence

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 


Bentley and Saint Michael's Among Three Schools Tied at #1 Overall, Three NE10 Schools Ranked in Top Six Overall

MANSFIELD, Mass. - Thirty-two Division II member schools will be honored as part of the Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence program for achieving four-year Academic Success Rates of 90 percent or higher. This is the seventh year of the program.

Bentley, Saint Michael’s and Point Loma led Division II with an Academic Success Rate of 98 percent, followed by Seattle Pacific, Stonehill and University of the Sciences with a 97 percent ASR. The NE10 led all conferences with three schools ranked among the top six nationally. 

The Northeast-10, Great Lakes Valley and Sunshine State conferences led Division II’s 24 conferences, with five athletics programs apiece posting ASRs of 90 percent or higher.

Joining Bentley, Saint Michael's and Stonehill from the NE10 were Assumption and Saint Rose.

"I am extremely proud that our conference continues to put such an emphasis on educational success for our student-athletes," said NE10 Commissioner Julie Ruppert. "I'd personally like to congratulate the athletic departments at each of these five schools for being recognized with this distinct honor."

“Bentley’s high ranking in the ASR Report is a direct reflection of the commitment our student-athletes have in the classroom,” said Bentley Assistant Athletics Director Cindy Scott. “Our student-athletes are just that – students first and athletes second. All of our student-athletes take as much pride in their academic successes as they do in their athletic achievements.”

“Division II operates with a ‘Life in the Balance’ approach, emphasizing learning, growth and development through academics, athletics, community engagement, and post-graduation success,” said Glen Jones, president of Henderson State and chair of the Division II Presidents Council. “Academics is a key component of this balance, and I am proud of the commitment our schools have made to this philosophy and the magnificent achievements of our student-athletes.”

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 athletics scholarships.

The Division II ASR 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. Nationally, the ASR is 72 percent for Division II student-athletes who entered college from 2007 through 2010, an increase of 1 percentage point from the 2006-09 groups.

Division II student-athletes continue to graduate at a higher rate than the general student body. The federal rate for the 2010 entering class of student-athletes held steady at 56 percent, compared with 50 percent for the general student body.

NCAA DIVISION II PRESIDENTS' AWARD RECIPIENTS ALL SEVEN YEARS
Assumption College
Bentley University 

University of California-San Diego 
Eckerd College
Hillsdale College 
Rockhurst University
Rollins College  
Saint Michael's College

University of the Sciences
Seattle Pacific
Stonehill College  

 

School
Conference
ASR
Bentley University
Northeast-10 Conference
98
Saint Michael's College
Northeast-10 Conference
98
Point Loma Nazarene University
Pacific West Conference
98
Seattle Pacific University
Great Northwest Athletic Conference
97
Stonehill College
Northeast-10 Conference
97
University of the Sciences
Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference
97
University of Indianapolis
Great Lakes Valley Conference
96
Hillsdale College
Great Midwest Athletic Conference
96
Thomas Jefferson University
Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference
95
Oakland City University
Independent
95
Eckerd College
Sunshine State Conference
94
University of California, San Diego
California Collegiate Athletic Association
94
Flagler College
Peach Belt Conference
94
Cedarville University
Great Midwest Athletic Conference
93
Assumption College
Northeast-10 Conference
93
Bellarmine University
Great Lakes Valley Conference
93
University of Sioux Falls
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
93
Rollins College
Sunshine State Conference
93
Rockhurst University
Great Lakes Valley Conference
93
Lewis University
Great Lakes Valley Conference
92
Concordia University, St. Paul
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
92
Regis University (Colorado)
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
92
University of Findlay
Great Midwest Athletic Conference
91
Barry University
Sunshine State Conference
91
California Baptist University
Pacific West Conference
91
The College of Saint Rose
Northeast-10 Conference
91
University of Puerto Rico, Bayamon
Independent
90
Maryville University of Saint Louis
Great Lakes Valley Conference
90
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Florida)
Sunshine State Conference
90
Western Washington University
Great Northwest Athletic Conference
90
Dallas Baptist University
Heartland Conference
90
Florida Southern College
Sunshine State Conference
90

 

Additional information for this release provided by the athletic communications staff at Bentley as well as the NCAA

ABOUT THE NE10
The NE10 is an association of 15 diverse institutions serving student-athletes across 24 NCAA Division II sports. Together we build brilliant futures by embracing the journey of every student-athlete.

Each year, 4,500 of those student-athletes compete in conference championships in 24 sports, making the NE10 the largest DII conference in the country in terms of sport sponsorship. Leading the way in the classroom, on the field and within the community, the NE10 is proud of its comprehensive program and the experience it provides student-athletes.