Vikings Ranked National Leader in Academic and Athletic Excellence

SIOUX FALLS – The National Association of Collegiate Athletic Directors announced today that Augustana has finished the 2009-10 year ranked No. 11 in the final standings of the NCAA Division II Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup. Augustana also had the second highest Academic Success Rate (ASR) of the top 15 institutions in the final standings.

With 288 institutions in Division II, the No. 11 finish places Augustana in the top 4 percent in the country in athletic excellence. Grand Valley State (Mich.) took the No. 1 spot in the final standings.

Augustana’s ASR of 88 percent was second in the top 15 behind California-San Diego, which boasts a 98 percent statistic in the category. The ASR measures graduation rates at Division II intuitions and includes scholarship and non-scholarship student-athletes.

Augustana was one of three Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference institutions ranked in the top 25. Minnesota State, Mankato finished No. 4, while St. Cloud State finished No. 5. Augustana had the highest ASR and Graduation Success Rate (GSR), which includes only scholarship student-athletes, of the NSIC schools in the top 25.

"We are genuinely excited to be among the nation's collegiate leaders in the outstanding balance we have in our academic and athletic program,” said Bill Gross, director of athletics at Augustana. “This success is a credit to the great coaches, faculty and student-athletes we are blessed to have at Augustana."

The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup is a program that honors institutions maintaining a broad-based program and achieve success in both men’s and women’s sports. Each institution is awarded points in a pre-determined number sports for men and women. The overall champion is the institution that records the highest number of points.

Tim Gerszewski
Sports Information director