Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) will be honored as part of the Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence program for achieving a four-year Academic Success Rate (ASR) of 90 percent or higher. This is the eighth year of the program. The NCAA announced the news this week.
Jefferson posted a four-year ASR (2008-11) of 97 percent, a 2 percent increase from last year (2007-10), which is good for second in all of Division II and first in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). The Rams were tied with four other schools at 97 percent and trailed only Bentley University (99 percent).
“I am proud of our student-athletes continued work in and out of the classroom and our coaches for their commitment in developing of our student-athletes day in, day out,” said Assistant Vice President of Athletics and Head Women’s Basketball Coach Tom Shirley. “This is a direct reflection of our mission to develop great students and great athletes.”
Jefferson will receive this award for the fourth-straight year and the seventh time in the program’s existence. The school has achieved an ASR of at least 90 percent for the 11th time.
“Congratulations athletes,” said Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA, president of Jefferson. “This is why we say ‘Fear the Rams’—great teams and a coaching and athletics staff who are committed to what’s best for our great students. Jefferson is focused on an education for a lifetime, and our academics and our sports are all about that pursuit and that passion.”
Eleven of Jefferson’s athletic programs had a perfect ASR of 100 percent, including men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country and track, women’s soccer, men’s and women’s tennis, rowing and volleyball.
The ASR is the percentage of student-athletes who graduate within six years of initial collegiate enrollment and includes virtually all Division II student-athletes, including transfers and those not receiving athletic scholarships. This year’s date covers students enrolled at schools from 2008 to 2011.
The Division II ASR also captures about 51 percent more student-athletes than the federal graduation rate. Unlike the federal rate, the ASR counts non-scholarship student-athletes and those who transfer to a school after initial enrollment elsewhere, while removing student-athletes who leave school while academically eligible.
Top Ten Division II Academic Success Rates
1. Bentley University – 99
2. Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) – 97
2. Hillsdale College – 97
2. Seattle Pacific University – 97
2. Saint Michael’s College – 97
2. Point Loma Nazarene University – 97
7. Stonehill College – 96
8. Eckerd College – 95
8. Rollins College – 95
10. University of California, San Diego – 94
10. University of the Sciences – 94
10. Davenport University – 94
10. Biola University – 94
10. Flagler College – 94
10. Regis University – 94