April 4, 2013

Assumption Earns Division II President's Academic Award

Indianapolis, Ind. -- Assumption College has earned the Division II President’s Award for Academic Excellence for achieving four-year Academic Success Rates (ASR) of 90 percent or more. The Hounds received an ASR of 95 percent, the seventh-highest in Division II. In total, 26 Division II institutions earned the award, including a nation-best seven from the Northeast-10 Conference.

Assumption climbs two spots and one percent from the 2012 Academic Success Rates and is third among all Northeast-10 Conference schools.

“I am very proud of our student-athletes for their success in the classroom,” said Nick Smith, Assumption College director of athletics. “My goal is that we continue to improve the overall academic performance of our student-athletes and I commend them for continuing to strive for academic excellence.”

The Division II Academic Requirements Committee created the Division II President’s Award for Academic Excellence 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.

“Almost 25 percent of the students at Assumption College play an intercollegiate sport,” said Francesco Cesareo, president of Assumption College. “The NCAA President’s Award for Academic Excellence is a reflection of the students’ commitment to personal excellence in the classroom and in the athletic arena. They understand the value of the Assumption educational experience, and they have embraced their opportunities here as student-athletes.”

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.

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