Lewis Earns NCAA Division II Presidents' Award

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Lewis Earns NCAA Division II Presidents' Award For Academic Excellence

Published: December 6, 2018.

The NCAA announced on Wednesday afternoon (Dec. 5) that Lewis University was one of 27 schools to receive The Presidents' Award For Academic Excellence. This award is presented to Division II member schools earning an Academic Success Rate (ASR) of 90 percent or higher.

Lewis has a four-year ASR of 91 percent and is one of four schools in the Great Lakes Valley Conference to receive the award. The GLVC and 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 schools we recognize with the Presidents' Award for Academic Excellence demonstrate a firm commitment to support the academic success of student-athletes," said Glen Jones, president of Henderson State and chair of the Division II Presidents Council. "We commend them for their ongoing efforts to provide student-athletes with the opportunity to excel in the classroom, on the field and for life."

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 48 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 for the four cohorts of student-athletes who entered college from 2008 to 2011 is 73 percent, up 1 point from the previous four-year cohort (2007-10).

Division II student-athletes continue to graduate at a higher rate than the general student body. The federal rate for the 2011 entering class of student-athletes increased 1 point to 57 percent, compared with 50 percent for the general student body.

School Conference Four-Year ASR
Bentley Northeast-10 Conference 99
Thomas Jefferson UniversityCentral Atlantic Collegiate Conference 97
Saint Michael'sNortheast-10 Conference 97
Point LomaPacific West Conference 97
Seattle PacificGreat Northwest Athletic Conference 97
HillsdaleGreat Midwest Athletic Conference 97
StonehillNortheast-10 Conference 96
RollinsSunshine State Conference 95
EckerdSunshine State Conference 95
University of the SciencesCentral Atlantic Collegiate Conference 94
FlaglerPeach Belt Conference 94
UC San DiegoCalifornia Collegiate Athletic Association 94
Regis (Colorado)Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference 94
UIndyGreat Lakes Valley Conference 92
CedarvilleGreat Midwest Athletic Conference 92
Westminster (Utah)Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference 92
Sioux FallsNorthern Sun Intercollegiate Conference 92
RockhurstGreat Lakes Valley Conference 92
Lewis Great Lakes Valley Conference 91
BarrySunshine State Conference 91
AssumptionNortheast-10 Conference 91
BellarmineGreat Lakes Valley Conference 90
CaldwellCentral Atlantic Collegiate Conference 90
Oakland CityIndependent 90
Western WashingtonGreat Northwest Athletic Conference 90
Dominican (California)Pacific West Conference 90
Dallas Baptist UniversityHeartland Conference 90

Lewis University is an innovative and forward-thinking Catholic university offering market-relevant undergraduate and graduate programs to 6,500 students. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis University is nationally recognized for preparing intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected and socially responsible graduates. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.

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