COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College led NCAA Division II in student-athlete graduation rate for the third time in eight years for 2017, as data released by the NCAA on Wednesday revealed the College's student-athletes achieved an Academic Success Rate (ASR) of 98 percent for the most recent cycle. Saint Michael's, which tied for second place each of the previous two years, matched two other schools for first place.
The College tied for first in ASR among more than 300 Division II schools, matching Northeast-10 Conference counterpart Bentley University and Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) University, which was not an NCAA member during the 2007-10 cohort taken into account. Saint Michael's posted at least a 98 percent showing for the ninth consecutive four-year cycle, matching its 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 figure after reaching 99 percent in both 2010 and 2011.
Among the NE10's 15 schools, Saint Michael's tied Bentley for first while edging Stonehill College (97%), claiming at least a share of the league's top spot for the ninth consecutive cycle. Only six schools achieved at least a 97 percent ASR, with three from the NE10, while Pennsylvania-based University of the Sciences (97%) also hails from the region. Beyond the East, Point Loma Nazarene joined Seattle Pacific (Wash.) University (97%).
"This outstanding ranking caps a 'Decade of Distinction' for Saint Michael's College student-athletes," said Director of Athletics Chris Kenny '86. "We have now ranked in the NCAA ASR national 'Top Four' for 10 consecutive years - a truly remarkable achievement. This is an important recognition for our entire College community - we are immensely proud of our student-athletes, but know that they could not achieve this sustained level of success without the incredibly supportive, enriching academic environment made possible by our faculty and academic support services, as well as the caring, comprehensive student development efforts of many departments across our campus. It is this commitment to a collaborative student-centered approach that makes it all possible."
By tying for first among all Division II institutions, the College finished no worse than fourth for the 10th straight year, placing first in 2011; tying for first in 2010; tying for second in 2009, 2015 and 2016; taking third in 2013; tying for third in 2014; and capturing fourth in both 2008 and 2012.
The ASR, which this year took into account the four-year cycle of classes entering between 2007 and 2010, is in its 12th year of existence. Saint Michael's continued to record an ASR significantly higher than the NCAA Division II average, which this year was 72 percent. The data shows 14 of the College's 21 programs had a 100 percent ASR for this four-year span, which led the NE10, as Saint Michael's accounted for nearly one fifth of the 77 NE10 squads that had a perfect ASR.
The NCAA annually releases the Division II ASR, a model developed at the request of presidents of Division II institutions to overcome inadequacies with the Federal Graduation Rate (FGR). The FGR only takes into account student-athletes that receive athletic scholarships, while the ASR considers all student-athletes, thus capturing non-scholarship students that represent a clear majority of the Saint Michael's student-athletes. The College was second in the NE10 in FGR, at 88 percent, while only Bentley (90%) and Stonehill (85%) joined Saint Michael's as being above 80 percent.
Of the 21 sports offered by Saint Michael's, these 14 earned a 100 percent ASR for the 2007-10 cohort: baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, field hockey, men's golf, men's lacrosse, men's skiing, women's soccer, women's swimming & diving, men's and women's tennis, and women's volleyball. None of the remaining seven were lower than 87 percent, and only two fell below 95 percent.
A searchable database for ASR information and federal reports for all NCAA Division II institutions is available by visiting here.