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NCAA recognizes VSU athletics for academic excellence

Published date: November 13, 2015

Virginia State University is one of 27 NCAA Division II member schools that will be honored as part of the Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence program. Now in its fifth year, the Presidents’ Award recognizes institutions that achieve four-year Academic Success Rates of 90 percent or higher.
 
With a score of 93, VSU tied for sixth place among the 300 institutions that compete in the NCAA Division II. VSU was the only CIAA school recognized with the Presidents’ Award.
 
“This honor demonstrates VSU’s commitment to excellence in the classroom, as well as in competition,” said VSU Athletic Director Peggy Davis. “Through our support system, Trojan student athletes graduate from VSU with a strong foundation, prepared for success in their chosen career field or by continuing their education in post-graduate studies.”
 
“We are pleased by the increasing number of Division II schools whose student-athletes are earning Academic Success Rates of 90 percent or higher,” said Judy Bense, president of the University of West Florida and chair of the Division II Presidents Council. “These schools and their students demonstrate the utmost dedication to success in the classroom and on the field, and we are proud of their efforts.”
 
The Academic Success Rate 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 athletic scholarships.
 
The Division II ASR also captures about 51 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 71 percent for student-athletes who entered college from 2005 through 2008.
 
Regardless of which measure is used, Division II college athletes graduate at a higher rate than the general student body. The federal rate for the 2008 entering class of student-athletes was 55 percent, compared to 49 percent for the general student body.
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