March Madness teams fight for higher graduation rates

The next few weeks will be dedicated to the American pastime of picking a bracket, watching hours-upon-hours of college basketball and then, perhaps, cashing in on bets placed on the abilities of high-salaried coaches and unsalaried student athletes. Here’s something to ponder: How many of those players will leave the court with a college degree? Asks the Washington Post. Each spring the University of Central Florida Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport analyzes NCAA academic statistics for the 68 schools that make it to the Big Dance. This year the institute found a slight improvement in the percentage of male basketball players who receive a degree within six years of starting college. For the latest cohort of players, 67 percent graduated, up from 66 percent last year. Eight of the schools saw 100 percent of their players graduate…

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