May 28, 2014

Merrimack Earns Division II Presidents' Award for Academic Excellence

Merrimack Earns Division II Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence

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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Merrimack College, which has annually ranked among the most prestigious Division II departments nationwide for academic, athletic and community service excellence, saw those efforts recognized in the form of being named one of 27 recipients of the Division II Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence.

Now in its third year of existence, the program honors all schools across the country for achieving four-year Academic Success Rates (ASR) of 90 percent or more. The Northeast-10 Conference paced Division II's 24 conferences in ASR rates, with eight athletic programs posting scores of 90 percent or more. The next-highest conference total was three.

Merrimack was one of those institutions with a four-year score of over 90 percent, joining fellow conference institutions Saint Michael’s College, Stonehill College, Bentley University, Assumption College, Adelphi University, Saint Anselm College, and the University of New Haven, all of whom also reached or surpassed the 90 percent mark.

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.

Each of the division’s 292 active member schools is eligible for the Division II Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence.

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. 

School
4Yr ASR
Simon Fraser University
100
Davis and Elkins College
99
William Jewell College
99
Saint Michael's College
98
Stonehill College
97
USciences in Philadelphia
96
Bentley University
95
Regis University (Colorado)
94
Rollins College
94
Univ. of Puerto Rico, Bayamon
94
Assumption College
93
Maryville Univ. of Saint Louis
93
Univ. of California, San Diego
93
Christian Brothers University
92
Hillsdale College
92
Nova Southeastern University
92
Rockhurst University
92
Seattle Pacific University
92
St. Edward's University
92
Adelphi University
91
Concordia College (New York)
91
Saint Anselm College
91
Cedarville University
90
Eckerd College
90
Merrimack College
90
Philadelphia University
90
University of New Haven
90

 

Conference
Members
Northeast-10 Conference
8
Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference
3
Great Lakes Valley Conference
3
Sunshine State Conference
3
Great Northwest Athletic Conference
2
California Collegiate Athletic Association
1
GLIAC
1
Great Midwest Athletic Conference
2
Gulf South Conference
1
Heartland Conference
1
Independent
1
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
1


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