Saint Anselm receives Presidents' Award for Academic Excellence

December 7, 2020

By Griffin Spencer

Saint Anselm College was one of only 42 NCAA Division II institutions to claim the Presidents' Award for Academic Excellence, presented to member schools earning an Academic Success Rate (ASR) of 90% or higher. Thursday's announcement marks the fourth time Saint Anselm has been recognized with the award.

In mid-November, Saint Anselm posted a 90% ASR among student-athletes entering the College from 2009-13 to rank 38th out of more than 300 NCAA Division II athletics programs. Furthermore, the Hawks collectively posted a federal graduation rate (FGR) that is ranked 28th nationally. Saint Anselm reached 90% for just the fourth time in College history.

"We are very proud of the hard work and academic success of our student athletes," said Mark W. Cronin, Ph.D., Dean of the College. "It is no easy task to balance the demands of the classroom with the playing field, and we know that our student athletes succeed because of their dedication and commitment, both inside and outside of the classroom. I believe the Saint Anselm student athlete exhibits a real sense of pride in their pursuit of academic excellence, and we congratulate them for it."

The Academic Success Rate is the percentage of student-athletes who graduate within six years of initial collegiate enrollment and includes virtually all Division II student-athletes. Division II student-athletes continue to graduate at a higher rate than the general student body.

"The Presidents' Award for Academic Excellence recognizes Division II member schools for their commitment to a balanced college experience that supports the academic success of college athletes," said Sandra Jordan, chancellor of the University of South Carolina Aiken and chair of the Division II Presidents Council.

Unlike the federal rate, the Division II ASR includes nearly 34,000 non-scholarship student-athletes and accounts for those who transfer to a Division II school after initial enrollment elsewhere, while removing student-athletes who leave school while academically eligible. The national ASR for the four cohorts of student-athletes who entered college from 2010 to 2013 is 74%.

The Northeast-10 Conference led Division II's conferences with seven schools earning the award.

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