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Flagler College receives Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence

Dec 9, 2020

For the sixth consecutive year Flagler College is one of a record 42 NCAA Division II member institutions to be honored as part of the Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence for achieving a four-year Academic Success Rate of 90 percent or higher. This is the 10th year of the program.

“I could not be prouder of our student-athletes and coaches,” said Flagler College President, Joseph Joyner. “The priority we place on academics is clearly demonstrated in these outstanding results.”

Flagler had an ASR of 92 percent. Last year was the College’s sixth year in the 90th percentile. Flagler is one of five schools in the state of Florida to receive the Presidents’ Award. Georgia College is the only other Peach Belt Conference member institution to receive the award.

“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. “Ten more institutions earned this award than last year, setting an all-time high for this program, but most importantly, this means college athletes at these schools are achieving academic success that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.”

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.

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 percent. 

Division II student-athletes continue to graduate at a higher rate than the general student body. Even when using the less-inclusive federal graduation rate, the 2013 entering class of student-athletes graduated at a rate of 62 percent, compared with 53 percent for the general student body.

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