Flagler College receives Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence

Flagler College receives Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence

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