March 13, 2007
WORCESTER, Mass. - The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport, at the University of Central Florida, has released its annual study, "Keeping Score When It Counts: Graduation Rates for 2007 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament Teams" which is a comprehensive analysis of the graduation rates of NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament-bound teams. The study takes a look at Federal Graduation Rates (FGR), Graduation Success Rates (GSR), and the Academic Progress Rates (APR) for the tournament teams, as reported by the NCAA.
Holy Cross led all NCAA Tournament participants with a Federal Graduation Rate of 86, while the Crusaders' perfect Graduation Success Rate of 100 was matched by only two other schools (Florida and Weber State). In addition, Holy Cross was one of only two schools to have perfect scores of 100 in both the FGR and the GSR for African-American student-athletes (along with Weber State).
The study compares graduation rates for all student-athletes to basketball student-athletes as well as African-American basketball student-athletes to white basketball student-athletes. Dr. Richard Lapchick, the primary author of the study, is director of the Institute and Eminent Scholar Chair of the DeVos Sport Business Management Graduate Program at UCF. The study was co-authored this year by Marina Bustamante.
To view the complete study, click here.
For an NCAA bracket with results based on graduation rates, click here.