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Augustana Led NSIC in Academic Success Rate for 2009-10

Augustana led the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference in Academic Success Rate (ASR) for the 2009-10 academic year, according to the latest NCAA Graduation Success Rate data released last week.

Augustana student-athletes had a 91 percent ASR, more than 10 percent higher than any other NSIC institution.

Augustana's ASR also increased by nine percent from 2008-09.

The ASR measures graduation rates at Division II institutions and includes those freshmen who were recruited to the institution but did not receive athletics financial aid. For Division II institutions, the ASR adds transfer students, second-term enrollees and those freshmen who did not receive athletics aid to the equation.

"We are thrilled to see another increase in our Academic Success Rate this year," said Director of Athletics Bill Gross. "This continued success is truly a tribute to the quality student-athletes, coaches and faculty we have at Augustana College."

Augustana was recently ranked ninth in the 2010 National Collegiate Scouting Association NCAA Division II Collegiate Power Rankings, which averages the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup ranking, the NCAA student-athlete graduation rate of each college or university and the U.S. News & World Report ranking.

Augustana was also 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.