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USciences Student-Athletes Record Second Highest Academic Success Rate in all of Division II

By Bob Heller

basketball teamThe University of the Sciences athletic program recorded an overall academic success rate of 99% in the latest NCAA Division II graduation rate data ranking second among the Division II active members. Only Simon Fraser University (100) recorded a higher rate for the four-year cohort of 2005-2008.

The USciences athletic program has been submitting Academic Success Rate (ASR) data to the NCAA since 2006-07. In the nine-year span from 2006-2015, the Devils have ranked no lower than seventh nationally in any given year among all active NCAA Division II institutions. USciences has had an ASR of 96 or better in each of the last seven cohort years. 

Looking at the Federal Graduation Rates (FGR) of Division II members, the USciences athletic program also scores high marks, tied for fourth nationally with a federal graduation four class average of 88%. The 88% rate is also 16 points higher than the FGR of USciences’ general student population (72%).

USciences' 99% ASR is, for the ninth consecutive year, the best rate among all 14 institutions within the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). USciences had 10 of its 11 athletic programs (mixed and women’s rifle is counted as one sport by the NCAA for ASR purposes) produce an ASR of 100% for the cohort years 2005-2008 and had no sport with a rate lower than 96%. USciences’ 88% federal graduation rate is also the best among the CACC’s 14 schools.

Among the conference sport programs: 

  • The men’s basketball program was the only CACC basketball program to record a 100% rate and was one of just three schools in the region (40 schools) and 12 schools nationally among the 315 submitting data for men’s basketball to record a 100% rate. 
  • The men’s baseball program had the highest ASR (96%) among the CACC’s 11 baseball schools. The program’s 96% ASR is tied for ninth nationally amongst the 265 teams reporting data.
  • The University’s women’s basketball program was one of seven women’s basketball programs in the CACC with a 100% rate and one of 16 within the East region and 59 nationally amongst 317 schools submitting data to have a perfect mark.
  • The rifle program was one of only 10 rifle programs nationally (Division I and Division II) to record a 100% success rate. They were the only Division II rifle program with a 100% mark. 
  • All five women’s program included within the report had a success rate of 100% with the cross country, softball, tennis, and volleyball teams joining the women’s basketball program with a perfect mark. 
  • Four of the five men’s programs within the report had a success rate of 100% with the cross country, tennis, and golf teams joining the basketball program. 
  • The women’s tennis team was one of only two programs in their respective sport within the CACC to record 100% rate. The women’s cross country team was one of five, women’s softball one of six, and women’s volleyball one of seven in the league to have a perfect mark.
  • The men’s golf team and men’s tennis teams were one of only three men’s golf and tennis programs within the conference to have a perfect mark.
  • Of the 10 CACC sports sponsored by USciences, all 10 had either the highest or were tied for the highest ASR score within the conference.

In the nine years that USciences has been reporting ASR data, only three of its teams have recorded a 100% rate in each of the nine reporting years: women’s cross country and softball and men’s tennis. The Devils’ nine-year overall average ASR is 97.11. 

The Division II national four-year average ASR stayed the same at 71 percent, and the single-year ASR for the 2008 cohort remained the same at 72 percent. Four-year ASRs were level or increased for all but three men’s sports and three women’s sports.

Even when using the less-inclusive federal rate, Division II student-athletes outperform the general student body. The federal rate for student-athletes remained the same at 55 percent, while the federal rate for the overall student body increased to 49 percent, a difference of six percentage points.

This is the 10th year the NCAA has released the ASR. The NCAA developed the Division II ASR at the request of college and university presidents who believed the federal graduation rate was flawed. Division II’s ASR data takes transfer students into account and removes students who left the institution in good academic standing. In addition, given the partial-scholarship financial aid model of Division II, the ASR data includes student-athletes not on athletically related financial aid. The result is that ASR captures more than 35,000 non-scholarship student-athletes.

Click here for the NCAA Division II ASR Top 25 programs.

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