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Augustana Ranked Ninth in Collegiate Power Rankings

The National Collegiate Scouting Association has announced that Augustana College is ranked No. 9 in its 2010 NCAA Division II Collegiate Power Rankings, which averages the U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup ranking, the NCAA student-athlete graduation rate of each college or university and the U.S. News & World Report ranking.

The U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup rating evaluates the strength of NCAA athletic departments, while the U.S. News & World Report rating recognizes institutions of academic excellence. The student-athlete graduation rates are based on those provided by the NCAA.

“We believe that our student athletes should be just that – students first; athletes second. At Augustana, our priority is to provide our students with a best-in-class education that challenges their intellect, fosters integrity and integrates faith. Once classes are over, our talented coaches continue to teach and support our students’ efforts to excel athletically,” said Rob Oliver, president of the College. “We’re pleased to be recognized by the National Collegiate Scouting Association for our efforts to help our students reach their academic and athletic goals.”

"Once again, we're honored to have received recognition for the outstanding balance we have between academics and athletics at Augustana," said Bill Gross, Director of Athletics. “We also continue to take pride in the fact that Augustana’s Academic Progress Rate (APR) of 88 percent is above the NCAA Division II APR average of 70 percent.”

The Academic Progress Rate rates teams by awarding points for each athlete who remains eligible and progresses toward graduation.

In addition to the Collegiate Power Rankings, Augustana was recently ranked the No. 6 baccalaureate college in the nation for its efforts to advance social mobility, research and service by Washington Monthly; was ranked No. 5 among the Best Regional Colleges in the Midwest by the U.S. News Media Group’s 2011 edition of America’s Best Colleges; and was named a “Best Midwestern College” by The Princeton Review. The Templeton Guide also includes Augustana among those colleges that inspire students to lead ethical and civic-minded lives. For the 2009-2010 academic year, the Augustana Vikings finished 11th among 291 NCAA Division II institutions in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings.