HIGH POINT, N.C. - Conference Carolinas posted the fourth best NCAA Division II Academic Success Rate (ASR) as recently announced by the NCAA. Conference Carolinas tied with the Great Lakes Valley Conference for fourth place among all NCAA DII leagues nationwide. The conference also set the top score in the Southeast Region with their 79% ASR mark.
Commissioner, Dr. Alan Patterson noted, Conference Carolinas members take seriously the conference slogan of Academics and Athletics Working Together. Leaders of our communities tomorrow are found on our courts and fields today. Conference Carolinas student athletes exhibit success in every aspect of campus life.
The Academic Success Rate for all 22 Division II conferences was released at the NCAA Convention, which was held in Indianapolis, Ind., Jan. 11-14. Data for the 2011 version of the ASR was compiled by following the progress of the 2001-2004 cohort. The national four-year ASR for all DII student-athletes increased one point from last year to 72 percent with Conference Carolinas student-athletes well above that national average.
The federal rate for the general student bodies at NCAA DII schools is 47%. DII student-athletes perform significantly better coming in 9 points higher at 56%.
Along with the Division I Graduation Success Rate (GSR), the ASR is a tool used by the NCAA to measure the academic progress of student-athletes who compete. The NCAA developed the DII ASR at the request of member presidents who believed the federal graduation rate was not consistent from top to bottom. Both the DI GSR and the DII ASR take into account transfer students but given the partial-scholarship model of DII, the ASR also includes student-athletes not receiving athletically-related financial aid. The ASR also removes students from the group who left the institution while academically eligible to compete.
NCAA DII ASR National Conferences Top 10
1. Sunshine State Conference 86%
2. Northeast-10 Conference 85%
3. East Coast Conference 81%
T4. Conference Carolinas 79%
T4. Great Lakes Valley Conference 79%
6. Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 78%
T7. Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference 76%
T7. Great Northwest Athletic Conference 76%
9. Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 74%
10. Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference 73%
Conference Carolinas is a NCAA Division II athletic conference currently made up of 12 teams from North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. These institutions consist of: Barton College, Belmont Abbey College, Coker College, Converse College, Erskine College, King College, Lees-McRae College, Limestone College, Mount Olive College, North Greenville University, Pfeiffer University, and Queens University of Charlotte.