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USciences Athletics is Again Honored with the Division II Presidents' Award for Academic Excellence
Posted: Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Contact:  Bob Heller
Contact Email:  r.heller@usciences.edu
Contact Phone:  215-895-3133

University of the Sciences was one of 27 NCAA Division II schools recognized as recipients of the third annual Division II Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence, honoring athletics programs with four-year Academic Success Rates (ASR) of 90 percent or higher. The recipients were announced by the NCAA office on May 28, 2014.

USciences achieved the sixth highest, four-year ASR in the country, graduating 96 percent of its student-athletes within six years of original enrollment. The Devils were one of three schools from the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) to be recognized with this prestigious honor. A total of 13 schools, including the USciences have received the honor in each of the three years that it has been awarded.

“It is wonderful to learn that our student-athletes have earned the Division II Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence for the third-consecutive year," said USciences Athletic Director Paul Klimitas. “Every member of the administration, faculty, staff, and alumni has played a very important part in the lives of our student-athletes, and we should all celebrate the success our young people have achieved. It is a complete team effort.”

The four-year ASR figures measured the entering cohorts from 2003 to 2006, inclusive. The 11 USciences athletic programs included in the 2003-2006 cohort years individually recorded an ASR rate of 89 or better with six of the 11 programs producing an Academic Success Rate of 100%. This included four of the five women's program (cross country, basketball, softball, and volleyball) along with men's basketball and men's tennis. (The women's rifle team, the Devils' 12th and newest program, is included with the mixed rifle team figuresfor reporting purposes)

The ASR 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.

“This year marks the third year for this award and the second time that a school has posted an Academic Success Rate of 100 percent,” said Tom Haas, president of Grand Valley State University and chair of the Division II Presidents Council. “We are tremendously proud of Division II schools and the successes of their student-athletes, and we are confident that we will continue to see schools increase their graduation rates.”

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.

2014 Division II Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence

Division II programs with a four-year Academic Success Rate of 90 percent of higher:

School 4Yr ASR
Simon Fraser University 100
Davis and Elkins College 99
William Jewell College 99
*Saint Michael's College 98
*Stonehill College 97
*University of the Sciences 96
*Bentley University 95
Regis University (Colorado) 94
*Rollins College 94
University of Puerto Rico, Bayamon 94
*Assumption College 93
Maryville University of Saint Louis 93
*University 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
* denotes also received award in 2012 and 2013
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