FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MANSFIELD, Mass. - The NCAA has released the latest Division II graduation rate data, including the division's Academic Success Rate (ASR), and once again, it provided great news for the Northeast-10 Conference and NCAA Division II as a whole.
The ASR calculates the percentage of student-athletes that earn a degree within six years of their initial matriculation in college.
The most recent data showed that NE10 student-athletes graduated at a rate of 85% - second-best among all conferences - trailing only the Sunshine State (86%).
"Once again, this release clearly illustrates that our institutions and our student-athletes are truly committed to success well beyond the playing field. These individuals are able to balance high-level athletic competition with a similar dedication to academic pursuits," said NE10 Commissioner Julie Ruppert.
Among NE10 members, Bentley and Saint Michael's (98%) tied for second overall, while Stonehill (96%) also ranked among the top six nationally. Of the eight schools that achieved at least a 95 percent ASR, three of them represent the NE10, making the NE10 the only conference with three schools in the top ten.
Among NE10 teams, 81 out of 291 (27.8%) posted perfect ASR scores of 100. Women's Track and Field led the way with 12 perfect scores, with Field Hockey and Volleyball each having eight teams reach the benchmark.
14 of the NE10's 15 members had at least one team acheive a perfect score for the cohort that was measured in this release. Saint Michael's led the way with 15 teams acheiving perfection, with Bentley (14), Stonehill (12), and Southern New Hampshire (7) following.
Among the 24 sports the NE10 sponsors, 14 of them, or 58.3% overall, posted an ASR of 90% or greater. The 58% is a higher ratio of teams with a mark of 90% or greater than any other conference in the country.
Of those 14 sports that reached or surpassed 90%, three had a success indicator of at least 95%. Women's Golf led the way with a perfect 100% ASR, with Field Hockey (99%) and Women's Tennis (95%) just behind.
ABOUT THE ACADEMIC SUCCESS RATE (ASR)
In the 11th year for the Division II Academic Success Rate, the data demonstrate student-athletes continue to graduate at a high rate. Division II's ASR data takes transfer students into account and removes students who left the institution in good academic standing.
Given the partial-scholarship financial aid model of Division II, ASR also includes student-athletes not receiving athletic scholarships. Because of this, ASR captures about 50 percent more student-athletes than the federal rate, largely due to more than 36,000 non-scholarship student-athletes being included in the NCAA calculation.
The national four-year ASR average remained steady at 71 percent overall, while the entering class of 2009 held steady at 72 percent. Division II female student-athletes for the entering class of 2009 had an 86 percent ASR, an increase of one point from 2008. The ASR for male student-athletes increased decreased one point to 63 percent.
Even when compared to the much-less-inclusive federal graduation rates for Division II, student-athletes are still graduating at much higher rates than the general student body. The federal rate for the 2009 entering class of college athletes increased one point to 56 percent, while the general student body remained at 49 percent, an overall difference of seven points. The Division II philosophy promotes a balanced experience for college athletes, as proven by the continued success athletes have compared to the overall student body.
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 student-athletes compete in conference championships, 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.