Monday, March 19, 2007

Success On the Court and In the Classroom Is Possible

Richard E. Lapchick, the Director of the National Consortium for Academics and Sport, has reviewed both the historic graduation rates and the Academic Progress Rates (APR) of the participants in the NCAA Men's and Women's Basketball Tournament. Overall, the news is good.

There are some remarkable positive highlights to point out in the fields for the tournaments this year, using the NCAA's Graduation Success Rates.

• An impressive 98 percent of the women's and 64 percent of the men's teams graduated at least half of their basketball student-athletes.

• Ninety-seven percent of the women's teams and 52 percent of the men's teams graduated at least 60 percent of their players.

• Eighty-three percent of the women's teams graduated at least 70 percent. A respectable 37.5 percent of the men's teams did the same.

While there is still plenty of room for improvement, the numbers are moving in the right direction.

Click here to read the entire report on ESPN.com's "NCAA tourney titlist in college degrees? Holy Cross."

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