WALTHAM, Mass. – The NCAA has released the latest Division II graduation rate data, including the division’s Academic Success Rate, and once again, Bentley University is near the top of the list.
Bentley, with a 95 percent ASR, ranked eighth amongst Division II institutions nationally and was fourth amongst Division II institutions with football. It’s Bentley’s second highest score in the eight years that the NCAA has been compiling the data, trailing only the 96 recorded in cohort year 1999.
Of the 19 Bentley sports that were evaluated (indoor track, outdoor track and cross country are considered one sport) , 13 had a perfect 100 percent Academic Success Rate and 17 of the 19 were over 90 percent.
“Bentley’s ranking in the top ten in the ASR Report is a direct reflection of the commitment our student athletes have in the classroom,” said Assistant Athletics Director Cindy Scott. “Our student-athletes truly are just that - students first and athletes second. All of our student athletes take as much pride in their academic successes as they do in their athletic achievements.”
Bentley’s rate is significantly above the national standard. The national four-year ASR average decreased one point overall to 71 percent while the entering class of 2006 dropped three points to 69 percent ferom 2005.
This is the eighth year that 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 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 2006 entering class decreased one point to 54 percent while the general student body held steady at 48 percent.
Bentley’s four-class average for federal graduation rate is drastically higher than those numbers, at 91 percent for both student-athletes and the general student body.