INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (November 17, 2016) – Rollins was one of just 26 NCAA Division II programs to earn the President’s Award for Academic Excellence, it was announced Thursday. The award recognizes schools for achieving four-year Academic Success Rates of 90 percent or higher.

Rollins has won the award every year since the program was instituted six years ago.

The Tars posted an ASR of 93 – one point higher than a year ago – to finish 11th best in the nation. Six Rollins programs achieved a perfect 100 ASR, men’s swimming, men’s cross country, women’s basketball, women’s golf, softball and women’s tennis.

“The Tars continue to set the standard for athletic and academic excellence,” said Rollins Director of Athletics Pennie Parker. “The College’s commitment to providing the best student-athlete experience while living its mission to educate students for global citizenship and responsible leadership is that much more evident after earning this award. I couldn’t be more proud of our student-athletes, coaches, faculty and staff for their hard work.”

“Division II’s philosophy is built on a commitment to supporting the whole student, including academic success as a primary emphasis,” said Steve Scott, president of Pittsburg State University and chair of the Division II Presidents Council. “The number of schools that consistently hit the 90 percent mark illustrates how Division II members continually uphold that commitment.” 

For the third straight year, the Northeast-10 Conference led Division II’s 24 conferences in ASR rates, with four athletics programs posting scores of 90 percent or more. The Sunshine State Conference and the Great Lakes Valley Conference had three apiece.

The Academic Success Rate 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.

The Division II ASR also captures about 51 percent more student-athletes than the federal graduation rate. Unlike the federal rate, the ASR counts nonscholarship student-athletes and those who transfer to a school after initial enrollment elsewhere, while removing student-athletes who leave school while academically eligible. The national ASR is 71 percent for Division II student-athletes who entered college from 2006 through 2009.

Division II student-athletes continue to graduate at a higher rate than the general student body. The federal rate for the 2009 entering class of student-athletes was 56 percent, compared with 49 percent for the general student body.

Point Loma Nazarene University 99
Bentley University 98
Saint Michael’s College 98
Hillsdale College 98
University of the Sciences 97
Stonehill College 96
Seattle Pacific University 96
Flagler College 94
Philadelphia University 94
University of California, San Diego 94
Rockhurst University 93
Rollins College 93
Barry University 93
Assumption College 93
University of Indianapolis 93
Cedarville University 93
California Baptist University 92
Concordia University, St. Paul 92
Eckerd College 92
University of Puerto Rico, Bayamon 91
University of Sioux Falls 91
Lewis University 91
Davis & Elkins College 91
St. Edward’s University 90
University of Findlay 90
Regis University (Colorado) 90