Stonehill College, winner of the last two Northeast-10 Conference Presidents' Cups for overall athletic achievement in Conference sports, has been recognized for its academic performance with regard to graduation rate by earning a 98-percent Academic Success Rating (ASR) for the second-straight year as released by the NCAA today.
The ASR considers the academic success rate of the institution based on the graduation rate of student-athletes while also giving credit for any student-athletes that transferred from the institution while in good academic standing.
In addition to Stonehill's overall ASR of 98%, ten of Stonehill's 16 athletic programs (cross country and indoor and outdoor track & field are combined by the NCAA) received perfect scores of 100%. Those programs include men's soccer, men's and women's tennis, women's basketball, women's cross country/track & field, field hockey, women's lacrosse, softball, volleyball and equestrian.
Of those programs, four reached their National Tournaments and nine participated in postseason play. All 16 of Stonehill's programs had ASR's well above the national average, with none below 95%, up two percent from a low of 93% last year.
"I would like to thank our student-athletes for their continued commitment to excellence in the classroom and in athletics," said Brendan Sullivan, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at Stonehill.
"The academic success of our student-athletes coupled with their great athletic success shows the balanced commitment that defines the Stonehill student-athlete. I am proud of each of them for taking advantage of the opportunities Stonehill provides them as a student and as an athlete and for representing the Skyhawks so well in all that they do."
Stonehill's 98% ASR ranks second among NE-10 institutions behind just Saint Michael's College (99%) for the second-straight year. Stonehill moved up one spot to third overall in NCAA Division II after ranking fourth last year.
The national average ASR in Division II was 84% - representing an 11 percent increase over last year. This is the sixth year the NCAA has released the Division II 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 is similar to the Division I Graduation Success Rate as it takes transfer students into account. However, given the partial-scholarship financial aid model of Division II, ASR goes one step further and includes student-athletes not receiving athletic scholarships.
In addition to capturing the NE-10 Presidents' Cup for the third time at the conclusion of the 2010-11 academic year, Stonehill finished ranked 51st in the final Learfield Sports Directors Cup standings which recognizes overall athletic achievement in NCAA sports.
Stonehill was also recently ranked second in the National Collegiate Scouting Association (NCSA) Power Rankings used to assess the academic and athletic standards of all NCAA and NAIA athletic programs for the second-straight year.
NCAA Division II ASR Rankings
1 - William Jewell (Mo.) College - 100
2 - Saint Michael's College - 99
3 - Stonehill College - 98
University of the Sciences (Pa.) - 98
Malone (Ohio) University - 98
6 - Seattle Pacific University - 97
7 - University of Puerto Rico, Bayamon - 96
-Release courtesy of Stonehill Athletic Communications
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