Posted on March 30th, 2004 in Uncategorized | No Comments »
(Source: NCAAsports.com)It's Final Four time, and all eyes are on college basketball's showcase. Teams that shoot over 50 percent will no doubt do well. Too bad graduation rates aren't that high.
College Athletes, it seems, particularly those in basketball and football, typically don't complete their studies. As a New York Times article points out, 16 of the original field of 65 teams in this year's tournament have graduation rates of less than 25 percent. That means fewer than one in four—maybe one of the starting five—will graduate in six years. Four teams have a rate of zero.
A recent study showed that, overall, Division I athletes graduate at a rate of 62 percent (again, within six years). But for basketball, that figure drops to 42 percent. And for minority students, the rates are dramatically lower. The article cites one scholar whose research reveals that over the past 10 years, "more than 50 Division I basketball programs had failed to graduate even one black player."
To its credit, the NCAA is trying to address this issue. But as long as the NFL and NBA continue to offer riches to underclassmen, the problem will persist.