LA JOLLA, Calif. — The University of California San Diego is one of only 32 schools to receive the 2017 Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence, the Division II Presidents Council recently announced.
The accolade is awarded for achieving a four-year academic success rate of 90 percent or higher.
The Academic Success Rate (ASR) is the percentage of student-athletes who graduate within six years of initial collegiate enrollment. This includes nearly every Division II student-athlete, including transfers and those who don’t receive athletics scholarships.
UC San Diego is tied for 11th in ASR at 94 percent, and is the only California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) institution on the list. In addition, UC San Diego has received the award every year since its inception in 2011, with its lowest ASR being 93.
The national average for Division II student-athletes who entered college from 2007-10 is 72 percent. Overall, it was an increase of one percentage point from the 2006-09 groups.
“Division II operates with a ‘Life in the Balance’ approach, emphasizing learning, growth and development through academics, athletics, community engagement and post-graduation success,” said Glen Jones, president of Henderson State and chair of the Division II Presidents Council. “Academics is a key component of this balance, and I am proud of the commitment our schools have made to this philosophy and the magnificent achievements of our student-athletes.”
Previously this fall, UC San Diego had 78 student-athletes named CCAA All-Academic for 2016-17. The requirements included maintaining a grade-point average of 3.40 or higher in a minimum of 36 quarter units.
UC San Diego has led the CCAA in All-Academic selections in 11 of the last 12 years.
Below is the full list of Presidents’ Award recipients:
Bentley University 98
Saint Michael's College 98
Point Loma Nazarene University 98
Seattle Pacific University 97
Stonehill College 97
University of the Sciences 97
University of Indianapolis 96
Hillsdale College 96
Thomas Jefferson University 95
Oakland City University 95
Eckerd College 94
University of California San Diego 94
Flagler College 94
Cedarville University 93
Assumption College 93
Bellarmine University 93
University of Sioux Falls 93
Rollins College 93
Rockhurst University 93
Lewis University 92
Concordia University, St. Paul 92
Regis University (Colorado) 92
University of Findlay 91
Barry University 91
California Baptist University 91
The College of Saint Rose 91
University of Puerto Rico, Bayamon 90
Maryville University of Saint Louis 90
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Florida) 90
Western Washington University 90
Dallas Baptist University 90
Florida Southern College 89