INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA released the latest Division II graduation rate data for the 2008-11 cohorts Thursday, including the division's Academic Success Rate (ASR), which saw Southern New Hampshire place on the list of top 100 schools.
Southern New Hampshire totaled an ASR of 86 percent, which is tied for 58th best in the country. It is also well ahead of the national four-year ASR average, which increased one point to 73 percent overall, while the entering class of 2011 increased two points to 74 percent from 2010.
Four Penmen programs posted an ASR of 100 percent, with three others others checking in at 96 percent or better. Men's and women's cross country, women's basketball and women's tennis each garnered an ASR of 100 percent for the fourth straight year.
SNHU was one of 13 Northeast-10 institutions to rank inside the top 75. The NE10, which tied for first among all DII conferences with an ASR of 86 percent, also had four schools in the top 25.
This is the 13th year the NCAA has released the ASR. The NCAA developed the Division II ASR at the request of college and university presidents who believed the federal graduation rate was flawed. Division II's ASR data takes transfer students into account and removes students who left the institution in good academic standing. In addition, given the partial-scholarship financial aid model of Division II, the ASR data includes student-athletes not on athletically related financial aid. The result is that ASR captures more than 35,000 non-scholarship student-athletes.
Even when utilizing the less-inclusive federal rate, Division II student-athletes perform significantly better than the general student body. The federal rate for Division II student-athletes in the 2011 entering class increased by one point to 57 percent, while the general student body held steady at 50 percent.
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