Oct. 25, 2011
Northwest student-athletes outpace national graduation rates
MARYVILLE, Mo. -- The NCAA has released its latest Division II graduation rate data, including the division’s Academic Success Rate (ASR), and it holds good news for Northwest Missouri State University, which boasts an ASR that exceeds the NCAA average in all 16 varsity sports.
Northwest student-athletes are graduating at an 83 percent rate, which is second best in the MIAA behind only Truman State. Northwest also boasts two perfect 100 percent graduation rates in women’s tennis and softball. Six Northwest teams hold an ASR above 85 percent including five women’s sports. The Bearcat football program holds an ASR of 77 percent while the national average stands at 58 percent.
““Our coaches and staff are dedicated to the total development of the student-athlete. This includes a strong focus on academic success,” said Wren Baker, director of athletics at Northwest Missouri State. “I am proud that our student-athletes are among the strongest academic performers in the country. I think the latest ASR report reflects their dedication to academics and representing Northwest.”
The national four-year ASR average increased one percentage point to 72 percent overall, while the entering class of 2004 remained steady at 73 percent.
This is the sixth year the NCAA has released the Division ASR. The NCAA developed the Division II ASR at the request of college and university presidents who believed the federal graduation rate was flawed. Division II’s ASR data is similar to the Division I Graduation Success Rate as it takes transfer students in account. However, given the partial-scholarship financial aid model of Division II, ASR also includes student-athletes not on athletically related financial aid. The result is that ASR captures more than 36,000 non-scholarship student-athletes.
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