Flagler College receives Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence
Dec 5, 2018
Flagler College is one of 27 NCAA Division II member institutions to be honored as part of the Presidents' Award for Academic Excellence for achieving a four-year Academic Success Rates of 90 percent or higher. This is the eighth year of the program.
"Our student-athletes' commitment to their education is exceptional," said Flagler College President Dr. Joseph G. Joyner. "This ranking is recognition of the hard work put in by our coaches, student-athletes and faculty advisors. I am proud of the emphasis Flagler College places on academics – always prioritizing student success in the classroom."
Flagler remained the same from the previous two years with an ASR of 94 percent. Last year was Flagler's third year in the 90th percentile. Flagler is one of four schools in the state of Florida to receive the presidents' award and this is the second time in the last three years it has been in the top 10 in the nation. The St. Augustine-based school is the lone Peach Belt Conference member institution to receive this award.
"The schools we recognize with the Presidents' Award for Academic Excellence demonstrate a firm commitment to support the academic success of student-athletes," said Glen Jones, president of Henderson State University and chair of the Division II Presidents Council. "We commend them for their ongoing efforts to provide student-athletes with the opportunity to excel in the classroom, on the field and for life."
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, including transfers and those not receiving athletics scholarships.
The Division II ASR captures about 48 percent more student-athletes than the federal graduation rate. Unlike the federal rate, the ASR counts non-scholarship student-athletes and those who transfer to a 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 2008 to 2011 is 73 percent, up 1 point from the previous four-year cohort (2007-10).
Division II student-athletes continue to graduate at a higher rate than the general student body. The federal rate for the 2010 entering class of student-athletes held steady at 56 percent, compared with 50 percent for the general student body.