CACC Tied for 5th in NCAA Division II in Highest Academic Success Rate Score

CACC Tied for 5th in NCAA Division II in Highest Academic Success Rate Score

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (November 9, 2017) -- The NCAA announced on Wednesday that the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) is tied for fifth out of the 24 Division II conferences for the highest Academic Success Rate (ASR) score with a mark of 79 percent. The CACC's average was seven points higher than the Division II-wide ASR mark of 72 percent.

The announcement illustrates the CACC and its member institutions' amazing efforts to make sure student-athletes not just receive a college education, but also help to set a standard for academic excellence at their respective institutions.

The CACC's mark of 79 percent was tied with fellow East Region-member the East Coast Conference and only trailed the Sunshine State Conference (86%), the Northeast-10 Conference (86%), the Great Lakes Valley Conference (84%) and the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (80%).

The graduation rate data, which is announced annually by the NCAA, is based on a six-year cohort prescribed by the U.S. Department of Education.

"The CACC and its member schools work extremely hard in making sure that student-athletes don't just excel in their chosen sport, but also in the classroom," CACC Commissioner Dan Mara said. "Administrators throughout our conference do a great job of mentoring our student-athletes and teaching them that a college education will take them even further then they thought possible. Our student-athletes are learning valuable life lessons by achieving tremendous success in the classroom."

Seven CACC championship sports scored above the conference’s average of 79 percent, with four scoring in the 90s. Women's lacrosse's mark of 93 percent led the way in that category, while women's tennis followed at 92 percent, softball at 91 percent and men's tennis at 90 percent. In addition, 10 of the 16 CACC championship sports met or exceeded the national ASR score in their respective sport.
 
TOP FIVE NCAA DIVISION II CONFERENCES FOR HIGHEST ASR SCORE
T1. Sunshine State Conference (86%)
T1. Northeast-10 Conference (86%)
3. Great Lakes Valley Conference (84%)
4. Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (80%)
T5. Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (79%)
T5. East Coast Conference (79%)

CACC CHAMPIONSHIP SPORTS THAT MET OR EXCEEDED THE NATIONAL ASR SCORE IN THEIR RESPECTIVE SPORT

Rank CACC Sport CACC ASR Score National ASR Score
1. Women's Lacrosse 93% 89%
2. Women's Tennis 92% 90%
3. Softball 91% 83%
4. Men's Tennis 90% 82%
5. Women's Soccer 86% 86%
6. Women's T&F/XC 85% 85%
7. Men's Golf 77% 77%
8. Men's T&F/XC 73% 72%
9. Baseball 72% 72%
10. Men's Basketball 66% 59%

 

CACC MEMBER SCHOOLS RECOGNIZED

A pair of CACC member schools ranked among the top 10 nationally in Division II in top ASR score, as University of the Sciences tied for fourth at 97 percent, while Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) tied for ninth at 95 percent. In addition, Caldwell University ranked among the top-40 schools nationally, as the school was 38th at 89 percent.

The NCAA will announce next week which NCAA Division II schools received the Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence, an annual recognition of schools scoring a 90-percent-or-better ASR.

CACC TEAMS EARN PERFECT ASR SCORE

Thirty-one (31) CACC teams earned perfect ASR scores of 100. The following is a list of those teams who posted perfect totals.

Caldwell University (3)
Men's Tennis
Men's Cross Country/Track & Field
Women's Volleyball

Chestnut Hill College (4)
Men's Cross Country/Track & Field
Women's Lacrosse
Softball
Women's Cross Country/Track & Field

Concordia College (1)
Men's Golf

Dominican College (1)
Softball

Goldey-Beacom College (1)
Softball

Holy Family University (3)
Women's Basketball
Women's Lacrosse
Women's Tennis

Jefferson (6)
Men's Basketball
Men's Tennis
Men's Cross Country/Track & Field
Women's Baskeball
Women's Cross Country/Track & Field
Women's Volleyball

Nyack College (3)
Women's Lacrosse
Softball
Women's Cross Country/Track & Field

Post University (1)
Women's Lacrosse

University of the Sciences (8)
Baseball
Men's Golf
Men's Tennis
Men's Cross Country/Track & Field
Women's Basketball
Softball
Women's Tennis
Women's Cross Country/Track & Field

ABOUT THE ACADEMIC SUCCESS RATE

The ASR is the percentage of student-athletes who graduate within six years of initial enrollment in college and includes virtually all Division II student-athletes, including transfers and those not receiving athletics scholarships.
 
The Division II ASR also captures about 50 percent more college athletes than the federal graduation rate. Unlike the federal graduation rate, the ASR also counts student-athletes who transfer to a school after initial enrollment elsewhere and removes from the rate student-athletes who leave school while academically eligible. The national ASR is 72 percent for student-athletes who entered college from 2007 through 2010.


ABOUT THE CACC
The Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference is an NCAA Division II Conference composed of 14 institutions in Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. The member institutions are Bloomfield College, Caldwell University, Chestnut Hill College, Concordia (N.Y.) College, Dominican (N.Y.) College, Felician University, Georgian Court University, Goldey-Beacom College, Holy Family University, Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University), Nyack College, Post University of Waterbury, University of the Sciences, and Wilmington University.

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