COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College was among the top two in NCAA Division II in student-athlete graduation rate for the fourth straight year in 2018, as data released by the NCAA on Wednesday revealed the College's student-athletes achieved an Academic Success Rate (ASR) of 97 percent for the most recent cycle. Saint Michael's, which tied for first place in 2017, was one of the top two in the Northeast-10 Conference for the 12th straight year.
The College tied for second in ASR among more than 300 Division II schools for the 2008-11 cohort taken into account, matching Hillsdale (Mich.) College, Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) University, Seattle Pacific (Wash.) University and Thomas Jefferson (Pa.) University. Saint Michael's posted at least a 97 percent showing for the 11th consecutive four-year cycle, having peaked at 99 percent in both 2010 and 2011.
Among the NE10's 15 schools, Saint Michael's trailed only national leader Bentley University (99%) while edging Stonehill College (96%). Only seven schools achieved at least a 96 percent ASR, with three from the NE10, while Jefferson also hails from the region.
"Congratulations to our student-athletes - and the entire Saint Michael's community - on this outstanding NCAA ASR ranking," said Director of Athletics Chris Kenny '86. "We take great pride in this achievement, knowing it represents our academic performance so inclusively, and that it would not be possible without the outstanding efforts and strong support of our faculty and staff. We celebrate this achievement as a community, and the fact that we have now been in the NCAA's national Top Four for 11 straight years speaks volumes to Saint Michael's College's longstanding commitment to the growth and education of our students."
By tying for second among all Division II institutions, the College finished no worse than fourth for the 11th straight year, placing first in 2011; tying for first in 2010 and 2017; 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 2008 and 2011, is in its 13th year of existence. Saint Michael's continued to record an ASR significantly higher than the NCAA Division II average, which this year was 73 percent. The data shows 15 of the College's 21 programs had a 100 percent ASR for this four-year span, as Saint Michael's led the NE10 in the distinction for the seventh straight year while accounting for nearly one fifth of the 74 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 tied for second in the NE10 in FGR, at 86 percent, matching Stonehill. Only Bentley (88%) was also above 80 percent among conference schools.
Of the 21 sports offered by Saint Michael's, these 15 earned a 100 percent ASR for the 2008-11 cohort: baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, field hockey, men's golf, women's ice hockey, 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 six were lower than 83 percent, and only three fell below 95 percent.
A searchable database for ASR information and federal reports for all NCAA Division II institutions is available by visiting here.