ST. AUGUSTINE – Flagler College is one of 27 NCAA Division II member institutions to be honored as part of the Presidents' Award for Academic Excellence for achieving a four-year Academic Success Rates of 90 percent or higher. This is the eighth year of the program.
"Our student-athletes' commitment to their education is exceptional," said Flagler College President Dr. Joseph G. Joyner. "This ranking is recognition of the hard work put in by our coaches, student-athletes and faculty advisors. I am proud of the emphasis Flagler College places on academics – always prioritizing student success in the classroom."
Flagler remained the same from the previous two years with an ASR of 94 percent. Last year was Flagler's third year in the 90th percentile. Flagler is one of four schools in the state of Florida to receive the presidents' award and this is the second time in the last three years it has been in the top 10 in the nation. The St. Augustine-based school is the lone Peach Belt Conference member institution to receive this award.
"The schools we recognize with the Presidents' Award for Academic Excellence demonstrate a firm commitment to support the academic success of student-athletes," said Glen Jones, president of Henderson State University and chair of the Division II Presidents Council. "We commend them for their ongoing efforts to provide student-athletes with the opportunity to excel in the classroom, on the field and for life."
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 non-scholarship student-athletes and those who transfer to a school after initial enrollment elsewhere, while removing student-athletes who leave school while academically eligible. The national ASR for the four cohorts of student-athletes who entered college from 2008 to 2011 is 73 percent, up 1 point from the previous four-year cohort (2007-10).
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.
School Conference ASR
Bentley University Northeast-10 Conference 99
Thomas Jefferson University Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference 97
Saint Michael's College Northeast-10 Conference 97
Point Loma Nazarene University Pacific West Conference 97
Seattle Pacific University Great Northwest Athletic Conference 97
Hillsdale College Great Midwest Athletic Conference 97
Stonehill College Northeast-10 Conference 96
Rollins College Sunshine State Conference 95
Eckerd College Sunshine State Conference 95
Flagler College Peach Belt Conference 94
University of the Sciences Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference 94
University of California, San Diego California Collegiate Athletic Association 94
Regis University (Colorado) Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference 94
University of Indianapolis Great Lakes Valley Conference 92
Cedarville University Great Midwest Athletic Conference 92
Westminster College (Utah) Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference 92
University of Sioux Falls Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference 92
Rockhurst University Great Lakes Valley Conference 92
Lewis University Great Lakes Valley Conference 91
Barry University Sunshine State Conference 91
Assumption College Northeast-10 Conference 91
Bellarmine University Great Lakes Valley Conference 90
Caldwell University Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference 90
Oakland City University Independent 90
Western Washington University Great Northwest Athletic Conference 90
Dominican University (Calif.) Pacific West Conference 90
Dallas Baptist University Heartland Conference 90