Rollins Again Tops SSC in Academics

The Tars lead the Sunshine State Conference with the top Academic Success Rate and rank 21 points above the national average.

(Photo by Scott Cook) (Photo by Scott Cook)

The Tars once again posted the top Academic Success Rate (ASR) in the Sunshine State Conference and was top-20 across all of Division II as the NCAA released the latest graduation rate data on Wednesday.

The Tars earned a 92 ASR, leading the nine-school Sunshine State Conference and 21 points above the national average. Rollins tied for 18th among every Division II school in ASR. Eckerd was second in the SSC with a 91 ASR while Barry’s 90 was third.

Five sports programs at Rollins earned perfect 100 ASRs: men’s swimming, men’s cross country, women’s basketball, women’s swimming and women’s tennis. An additional 12 sports were above 90 ASR.

The national four-year ASR average remained steady at 71 percent, and the entering class of 2008 held steady at 72 percent.

This is the 10th 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 2008 entering class remained at 55 percent, while the general student body increased to 49 percent, up one point from the previous year.

At the NCAA Convention in January 2014, the Division II membership approved a legislative package intended to increase student-athlete success and graduation rates. The package addresses a variety of academic standards, and includes adjustments to eligibility standards, progress-toward-degree requirements and standards for transfers from two-year colleges. These new requirements will take effect in 2016 and 2018.

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