President's award illustration by Tommy Parker
President's award illustration
Illustration by Tommy Parker

FOR THE 10TH YEAR in a row, SPU received the NCAA Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence, which recognizes a four-year academic success rate (ASR) of 90% or higher.

The ASR measures the number of student-athletes who earn their degrees within six years of initial enrollment at a school.

For the most recent four-year period, 94% of all Falcon student-athletes from the 2010–13 cohort graduated within six years of initial enrollment.

“This award is reflective of the unique and distinct student-athlete experience that exists at Seattle Pacific,” said Athletic Director Jackson Stava. “We look forward to working hard toward many more years of similar success.”

SPU is one of just 10 schools that has been on the list all 10 years that the honor has been presented.

“To constantly maintain the standard of excellence in the classroom that is needed to achieve this award each year is a reflection of the character, persistence, and drive of the young women and men in our program,” Stava said. “I am so proud to yet again receive this award as a department.”

SPU is one of six schools in the 94th percentile. The group includes Eckerd College of Florida, and Rockhurst University of Missouri, two of the 10 schools to receive the award all 10 years.

Stava made clear that an award of this stature is the result of efforts across the entire Seattle Pacific campus.

“I would like to thank the world-class faculty here at Seattle Pacific, as this level of academic excellence would not be possible without their partnership and support of Falcon athletics,” he said. “Similarly, I am reminded again of the culture created by our coaching staff which allows our student-athletes to truly thrive in all aspects of their collegiate journey.”

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