Kenyon ranked for muscle--and mind
Kenyon has earned recognition in the recently released National Collegiate Scouting Association (NCSA) Top 25 Power Ranking, which honors colleges for exceptional achievement in both athletics and academics. The College was listed at number nineteen in the third annual national ranking, which evaluated the more than 400 institutions in Division III of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
Kenyon was the only institution from Ohio to make the NCSA Top 25 and was the only representative from the North Coast Athletic Conference. In an overall ranking, which included nearly 1,200 institutions from all NCAA divisions, Kenyon earned a spot at number thirty-two.
The NCSA determines the Power Ranking by taking into account an institution's Sears Cup athletic rank, its U.S. News and World Report academic rank, and its student-athlete graduation success. Kenyon finished forty-seventh in the Sears Cup standings during the 2004-05 academic year and was number twenty-nine among national liberal-arts colleges in last year's U.S. News and World Report ranking of America's best colleges. Those rankings, combined with a superior graduation rate, boosted Kenyon into the NCSA's Top 25.
"At Kenyon, administrators, coaches, and faculty all pay close attention to maintaining student-athletes' achievement in the classroom, and I believe this ranking is a reflection of that awareness," says Peter Smith, director of athletics, fitness, and recreation. "NCAA Division III keeps growing larger, but we have not lost sight of the fact that it is possible to excel in athletics without sacrificing academic success."