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UCSD Honored With Presidents' Award for Academic Excellence
Release: Wednesday 03/23/2013 
by UCSD

LA JOLLA, Calif. - UC San Diego is one of just 26 institutions to be honored with a 2013 NCAA Division II Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence for achieving a four-year Academic Success Rate (ASR) of 90 percent or more.

UCSD boasts an ASR of 94 percent, signifying the percentage of its student-athletes from the 2002-05 cohort that graduated within six years of original enrollment. For the second straight year, UCSD is the only California Collegiate Athletic Association school to earn the award.

The ASR is a statistic that reflects the unique qualities of NCAA Division II athletics. It measures graduation rates for virtually all Division II student-athletes, including transfers and those not receiving athletically-related financial aid.

The Division II Academic Requirements Committee created the Division II Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence in 2012 to recognize programs achieving long-term academic success.

Maryville University and Simon Fraser University led the way with ASRs of 100 percent.

“This is the second year for this award and the first in which any institution has reported an Academic Success Rate of 100 percent,” said Pat O’Brien, president of West Texas A&M University and chair of the Division II Presidents Council. “Maryville and Simon Fraser deserve enormous credit for achieving such excellence over a four-year period. In fact, all of the institutions on the list deserve a high degree of respect.”

The Division II Academic Success Rate captures about two-thirds 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 athletically-related financial aid.

The national four-year ASR average is 72 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 2005 entering class of student-athletes was 54 percent, compared to 48 percent for the general student body.

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4-YEAR ASR

Maryville University of Saint Louis

100

Simon Fraser University

100

William Jewell College

99

Saint Michael's College

98

Stonehill College

97

University of the Sciences in Philadelphia

97

Assumption College

95

University of Puerto Rico, Bayamon

95

Christian Brothers University

94

Rollins College

94

UC San Diego

94

Chestnut Hill College

93

Lees-McRae College

93

Oakland City University

93

Seattle Pacific University

93

Adelphi University

92

Bentley University

92

Merrimack College

92

Rockhurst University

92

Truman State University

92

Eckerd College

91

Philadelphia University

91

Bellarmine University

90

Colorado School of Mines

90

Hillsdale College

90

Saint Anselm College

90

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