College had 93 percent graduation rate, tops in GLIAC
May 9, 2012 – The Hillsdale College athletic department has earned the first Division II Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence for its 93 percent graduation rate over a four-year timeframe.
The Division II Academic Requirements Committee established the Division II Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence to recognize programs achieving long-term academic success.
The Division II Academic Success Rate measures graduation rates for virtually all Division II student-athletes, including transfers and those not receiving athletically related financial aid. Active and provisional member institutions when the data were submitted for 2010-11 were eligible for the Division II Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence. The four-year ASR measured the entering cohorts from 2001 to 2004, inclusive.
Hillsdale College is the only GLIAC institution honored with this award, which recognizes Division II institutions with a graduation rate of 90 percent or above. The school’s 93 percent graduation rate ranks it tied for 10th among all Division II institutions.
The Division II Academic Success Rate captures about two-third more student-athletes than the federal graduation rate, which does not count incoming transfers, counts outgoing transfers as having not graduated and counts only student-athletes receiving athletically related financial aid. The national four-year ASR average is 72 percent.
Regardless of the measure, Division II student-athletes graduate at a higher rate than the general student body. The federal rate for the 2004 entering class of student-athletes was 55 percent, compared to 49 percent for the general student body.