INDIANAPOLIS – Saint Anselm College is one of 27 Division II schools that have been honored with the Division II Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence for achieving four-year Academic Success Rates of 90 percent or more.
Saint Anselm’s ASR was 91 percent, meaning it graduated 91 percent of its student-athletes from the 2003-06 cohort within six years of original enrollment. It is the second straight year Saint Anselm has been recognized with the award, which is now in its third year of existence.
Saint Anselm was also one of eight Northeast-10 Conference programs that were included – the most of any conference. Each of the division’s 292 active member schools is eligible for the Division II Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence.
The Academic Success Rate measures graduation success for Division II schools. As a result of Division II’s unique qualities, the ASR measures the graduation success of virtually all Division II student-athletes, including transfers and those not receiving athletics scholarships, which distinguishes it from Division I’s Graduation Success Rate. Approximately 56 percent of Division II student-athletes receive some level of athletics aid.
The Division II Academic Success Rate captures about 60 percent 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 athletics scholarships. The national four-year ASR average is 71 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 2006 entering class of student-athletes was 54 percent, compared to 48 percent for the general student body.