Thursday, October 17, 2019

DIII Continues Academic Success

OCTOBER 17, 2019 | written by Steve Ulrich
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1.  DIII Continues Academic Success

Division III schools continue to report outstanding Academic Success Rates, according to the NCAA's most recent year of voluntary data collection.
Division III’s Academic Success Rate is similar to Division I’s Graduation Success Rate and Division II’s ASR, as it includes transfers in the calculation and accounts for students who left school while academically eligible. 
Based on a representative sample of 264 schools, the national four-year average ASR for Division III stands at 87%.
Even when using the less inclusive federal graduation rates, Division III student-athletes outperform their peers in the general student body. The four-class average federal rate for athletes was 67%, and the federal rate for the overall student body was 63%.

>> Situational Awareness: All colleges and universities are required by NCAA legislation and federal law (the Student Right-to-Know act from 1990) to report student graduation rates, and those institutions offering athletics aid are required to report for their student-athletes as well. The NCAA acquires student-athlete graduation rate data from the Department of Education’s Integrated Post-Secondary Data System Graduation Rate Survey (IPEDS-GRS).

>> Between The Lines: The student-athlete graduation rate calculated directly based on IPEDS-GRS (which is the methodology the U.S. Department of Education requires) is the proportion of first-year, full-time student-athletes who entered a school on athletics aid and graduated from that institution within six years. This federal rate does not account for students who transfer from their original institution and graduate elsewhere; they are considered non-graduates at both the college they left and the one from which they eventually graduate.

>> Worth Noting: More than half of Division III institutions (264) participate in the voluntary program. Thirty-six schools provided data for the first time in 2018-19.

>> The Final Word: This is the last year Division III will collect student-athlete graduation rates on a voluntary basis. At the 2019 NCAA Convention, the Division III membership passed a proposal requiring all schools to submit student-athlete graduation rates data to the NCAA on an annual basis. 

2.  Debating the Debates Worth

On Tuesday, Otterbein University hosted the democratic presidential debate. For the past 40 years, college campuses have been hosting presidential debates. Next year will be no different. The University of Notre Dame, the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and Belmont University will all hold presidential debates in 2020. The University of Utah will host the vice-presidential debate. It’s not a cheap gig: Host campuses must pay a minimum fee this year of $2.5 million, which goes to the Commission on Presidential Debates. But what do the colleges get in return? Here’s what the Division III colleges that have hosted debates since 1988 have said.

Washington U. in St. Louis

St. Louis, Mo.
Debate years: 1992, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2016
Debate type: Presidential (4), Vice presidential
Candidates: George H.W. Bush vs. Bill Clinton vs. Ross Perot/George W. Bush vs. Al Gore/George W. Bush vs. John Kerry/Joe Biden vs. Sarah Palin/Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump
Enrollment: 17,021
The payoff: 66.5 million viewers, more than 5,000 mentions of the university’s name in mainstream-media coverage
Did you know? In 1992, back when film wasn’t digital, the university turned showers into photo-developing and -transmitting facilities for photographers on site. One other bit: The university was scheduled to host a Bill Clinton/Bob Dole debate in 1996, but it was canceled two weeks beforehand, when the number of presidential debates was scaled back to two. So Wash U. has actually been asked six times since 1992 to host a debate but did so only five times.

Centre College

Danville, Ky.
Debate years: 2000, 2012
Debate type: Vice presidential
Candidates: Dick Cheney vs. Joe Lieberman/Joe Biden vs. Paul Ryan
Enrollment: 1,440
The payoff: Publicity value: $53 million. Positive momentum that led to a $200-million campaign ($10 million over the goal), exposure to 51.4 million viewers, 10-percent increase in student body, name recognition
Did you know? In 2000 the debate at Centre College was dubbed the “Thrill in the ’Ville.” The 2012 debate’s moniker? “Thrill in the ’Ville 2.” It’s the smallest college in the smallest town to host two general-election debates.

U. of Massachusetts at Boston

Boston, Mass.
Debate year: 2000
Debate type: Presidential
Candidates: George W. Bush vs. Al Gore
Enrollment: 9,440
The payoff: 46.6 million viewers
Did you know? The debate fell on the same day as the first-round playoff game between the New York Yankees and the Oakland Athletics. NBC left up to its local affiliates to decide which event to air.

Case Western Reserve U.

Cleveland, Ohio
Debate year: 2004
Debate type: Vice presidential
Candidates: Dick Cheney vs. John Edwards
Enrollment: 4,966
The payoff: 43.5 million viewers
Did you know? The moniker for the debate was the “Race at Case.”

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3.   NFHCA Announces Senior All-Stars 

Annually, the Victory Sports Tours/NFHCA Division III Senior Game features top senior players in the nation. The selected seniors are given the opportunity to represent their institution while competing against their peers. This year, the Division III Senior Game will take place in conjunction with the NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championship in Manheim, Pennsylvania.
The Victory Sports Tours/NFHCA Division III Senior Game is currently projected for 5:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex following the completion of the NCAA Division III semifinal games.

>> Congratulations to all 60 Participants

4. Polls

Cross Country (M) - USTFCCCA
  1. North Central (tie)
  2. Williams (tie)
  3. Wartburg
  4. Washington-St. Louis
  5. Geneseo
  6. Claremont-M-S
  7. Carnegie Mellon
  8. Johns Hopkins
  9. Pomona-Pitzer
  10. Chicago
11. Otterbein, 12. MIT, 13. Calvin, 14. Rensselaer, 15. John Carroll, 16. UW-La Crosse, 17. Bates, 18. Amherst, 19. St. Olaf, 20. Middlebury.

21. Berea, 22. Dickinson, 23. UW-Stevens Point, 24. Emory, 25. Haverford, 26. Carleton, 27. Ithaca, 28. UW-Eau Claire, 29. Case Western Reserve, 30. UC Santa Cruz, 31. UW-Oshkosh, 32. NYU, 33. UW-Stout, 34. Trine, 35. St. Lawrence

>> Hello: St. Lawrence
>> Bye-Bye: Ramapo

Cross Country (W) - USTFCCCA

  1. Johns Hopkins
  2. Chicago
  3. Washington-St. Louis
  4. Tufts
  5. Williams
  6. Dickinson
  7. MIT
  8. Geneseo
  9. Pomona-Pitzer
  10. Oberlin
11. Wartburg, 12. Carleton, 13. Claremont-M-S, 14. Rensselaer, 15. UW-Eau Claire, 16. St. Thomas, 17. Hope, 18. Middlebury, 19. Baldwin Wallace, 20. Rochester.

21. John Carroll, 22. St.Olaf, 23. Case Western, 24. RIT, 25. Centre, 26. Allegheny, 27. Elmhurst, 28. UC Santa Cruz, 29. Wesleyan, Conn., 30. Emory, 31. Coast Guard, 32. UW-Oshkosh, 33. Washington and Lee, 34. Vassar, 35. Swarthmore.

>> Hello: UW-Oshkosh
>> Bye-Bye: UW-Stevens Point, Otterbein

Golf (M) - Golfstat
  1. Illinois Wesleyan
  2. Huntingdon
  3. Emory
  4. Claremont-M-S
  5. St. Thomas
  6. Hampden-Sydney
  7. Wittenberg
  8. Methodist
  9. Gustavus Adolphus
  10. UW-Eau Claire
11. Southwestern, 12. Washington and Lee, 13. Carnegie Mellon, 14. New York U., 15. Redlands, 16. Guilford, 17. Babson, 18. Aurora, 19. Oglethorpe, 20. Williams, 21. Webster, 22. Saint John's, 23. Concordia, Texas, 24. Greensboro, 25. Piedmont.

>> Conference Call: USA South (4), MIAC (3), ODAC (3), UAA (3), SCIAC (2), ASC (1), CCIW (1), NACC (1), NCAC (1), NESCAC (1), NEWMAC (1), SAA (1), SCAC (1), SLIAC (1), WIAC (1)

Golf (W) - Golfstat
  1. Redlands
  2. Carnegie Mellon
  3. George Fox
  4. Claremont-M-S
  5. Pomona-Pitzer
  6. Williams
  7. New York U.
  8. Washington-St. Louis
  9. Methodist
  10. Rhodes
11. Bethel, 12. Saint Catherine, 13. Cal Lutheran, 14. Carleton, 15. Denison, 16. UW-Whitewater, 17. Washington and Lee, 18. Illinois Wesleyan, 19. Amherst, 20. Middlebury, 21. Centre, 22. DePauw, 23. Oglethorpe, 24. Saint Mary's, Ind., 25. Berry.

>> Conference Call: SAA (4), SCIAC (4), MIAC (3), NESCAC (3), UAA (3), NCAC (2), CCIW (1), MIAA (1), NWC (1), ODAC (1), USA South (1), WIAC (1)

Swimming (M) - CSCAA
  1. Denison
  2. Kenyon
  3. Emory
  4. Johns Hopkins
  5. Washington-St. Louis
  6. Chicago
  7. MIT
  8. Carnegie Mellon
  9. Pomona-Pitzer
  10. Williams
11. Tufts, 12. Coast Guard, 13. Amherst, 14. Swarthmore, 15. Calvin, 16. New York U., 17. John Carroll, 18. Rowan, 19. Claremont-M-S, 20. Albion, 21. Merchant Marine, 22. TCNJ, 23. Carthage, 24. Birmingham-Southern, 25. Geneseo.

>> Conference Call: UAA (5), NESCAC (3), MIAA (2), NCAC (2), NEWMAC (2), NJAC (2), SCIAC (2), CCIW (1), Centennial (1), OAC (1), SAA (1), Skyline (1), SUNYAC (1), Independent (1).

Swimming (W) CSCAA
  1. Emory
  2. Denison
  3. Kenyon
  4. Williams
  5. New York U.
  6. Johns Hopkins
  7. Chicago
  8. Tufts
  9. MIT
  10. Washington-St. Louis
11. Saint Catherine's, 12. Amherst, 13. Pomona-Pitzer, 14. Geneseo, 15. Claremont-M-S, 16. Bates, T17. Carnegie Mellon, T17. Calvin, 19. Washington and Lee, 20. Ursinus, 21. Franklin, 22. Bowdoin, T23. Trinity, Texas, T23. Rowan, 25. Allegheny.

>> Conference Call: UAA (5), NCAC (4), NESCAC (4), SCIAC (2), MIAC (1), Centennial (1), HCAC (1), MIAA (1), NEWMAC (1), NJAC (1), ODAC (1), SCAC (1), SUNYAC (1), Independent (1)

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