William Jewell College is among 26 NCAA Division II schools honored with the Division II Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence for achieving four-year Academic Success Rates (ASR) of 90 percent or more. This marks the first year the College is a full-member of NCAA Division II after transitioning from an NAIA school.
William Jewell was near the top of the academic ratings with an ASR of 99 percent, just slightly behind the record-setting first-place ranking of 100 percent posted by Maryville University of St. Louis and Simon Fraser University, which graduated all their student-athletes from the 2002-05 cohort within six years of original enrollment.
“We are pleased that the NCAA tracks this valuable academic information and validates Jewell’s commitment to the Division II philosophy of ‘life in the balance,’” said Dr. Darlene Bailey, director of athletics at William Jewell. “One of our goals of seeking NCAA Division II affiliation was to highlight the academic and athletic achievements of Jewell’s athletic program. William Jewell recruits student-athletes in the true sense of the word and supports them in realizing their potential to receive a bachelor’s degree, an important achievement for a student-athlete and the foundation for lifelong learning.”
The Division II Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence was created to recognize programs achieving long-term academic success. The honor is intended to call attention to those programs and is not intended as a ranking.
The Academic Success Rate is a measure that reflects the unique qualities of Division II. It measures graduation rates for virtually all Division II student-athletes, including transfers and those not receiving athletically related financial aid. The inclusion of student-athletes who do not receive athletically related financial aid distinguishes the ASR from Division I's Graduation Success Rate.
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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