INDIANAPOLIS – Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) will be honored as part of the Presidents' Award for Academic Excellence program for achieving a four-year Academic Success Rate (ASR) of 90 percent or higher. This is the seventh year of the program. The news was announced by the NCAA on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017.
Jefferson posted a four-year ASR of 95 percent, a one percent increase from last year, which is good for ninth in all of Division II and second in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC).
Jefferson will be receiving this award for the third-straight year and the sixth time in the program's existence. The school has achieved an ASR of at least 90 percent for the 10th time.
Nine of Jefferson's athletic programs had a perfect ASR of 100 percent including men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country and track, men's tennis, rowing and volleyball.
35 DII schools earned an ASR of 90 percent of higher. The national average for all 325 Division II athletic departments was 72 percent.
The ASR 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 athletic scholarships.
The Division II ASR also captures about 51 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.
Top Ten Division II Academic Success Rates
Bentley University – 98
Saint Michael's College – 98
Point Loma Nazarene University – 98
Seattle Pacific University – 97
Stonehill College – 97
University of the Sciences – 96
Hillsdale College – 96
University of Indianapolis – 96
Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) – 95
Oakland City University - 95