INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA has released the latest Division II graduation rate data, including the division’s Academic Success Rate (ASR), which once again held good news for Saint Anselm College.
Saint Anselm totaled an ASR of 90 percent, which marks the third straight year the department has been at 90 percent or above. The 90 percent, which is tied for 24th best in the country, is also well ahead of the national four-year ASR average, which remained steady at 71 percent overall, while the entering class of 2007 increased three points to 72 percent from 2006.
Five Saint Anselm programs posted an ASR of 100 percent, with two others checking in at 95 percent or better. In total, all 20 programs feature an ASR of 79 percent or above, with just three of those checking in below an 88 percent.
This is the ninth year the NCAA has released the ASR. The NCAA developed the Division II ASR at the request of college and university presidents who believed the federal graduation rate was flawed. Division II’s ASR data takes transfer students into account and removes students who left the institution in good academic standing. In addition, given the partial-scholarship financial aid model of Division II, the ASR data includes student-athletes not on athletically related financial aid. The result is that ASR captures more than 35,000 non-scholarship student-athletes.
Even when utilizing the less-inclusive federal rate, Division II student-athletes perform significantly better than the general student body. The federal rate for Division II student-athletes in the 2007 entering class increased by one point to 55 percent, while the general student body held steady at 48 percent.
At the NCAA Convention in January 2014, the Division II membership approved a legislative package intended to increase student-athlete success and graduation rates. The package addresses a variety of academic standards, and includes adjustments to eligibility standards, progress-toward-degree requirements and standards for transfers from two-year colleges. These new requirements will take effect in 2016 and 2018.