Saint Michael's best among Division II institutions in student-athlete graduation rate

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College is the best Division II institution when it comes to student-athlete graduation rate, as Academic Success Rate (ASR) data released by the NCAA revealed the College graduated 99 percent of its student-athletes during the most recent four-year period for which the NCAA accounted.

"Turning out the highest graduation rate in Division II is a testament to the determination of the student-athletes we have at Saint Michael's and to the hard work our coaching staffs perform with their student-athletes," said Director of Athletics Geri Knortz Ed.D. "Saint Michael's has always taken great pride in the success of its student-athletes, especially in the classroom. The data released by the NCAA confirms that our student-athletes are thriving academically and continue to achieve high academic standards."

The ASR, which this year took into account the four-year cycle of entering classes from 2001 to 2004, is in its sixth year of existence. For the second straight four-year cycle, Saint Michael's had a 99-percent graduation rate, significantly higher than the national average of 72 percent. The data shows that 17 of the College's 21 programs had a 100-percent ASR for this four-year span of student-athletes.

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 16-school Northeast-10 Conference in FGR, at 83 percent, a single percentage point behind Stonehill College.

Of the 21 sports offered by Saint Michael's, 17 earned a 100 percent ASR for the 2001-04 cohort: baseball, women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, field hockey, men's golf, men's ice hockey, women's lacrosse, men's and women's skiing, men's and women's soccer, softball, men's swimming & diving, men's and women's tennis, and women's volleyball. None of the remaining four were lower than 91 percent.

A searchable database for ASR information and federal reports for all NCAA Division II institutions is available by visiting here.