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NCAA GRADUATION RATES FALL FOR DIVISION I ATHLETES

          The NCAA annual graduation rates report released today
     shows that there was a "slight drop" in the national
     graduation rate for Div. I student-athletes, according to
     Wendell Barnhouse of the FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM.  The
     report, which is based on data supplied by 308 Div. I
     schools, showed the graduation rate for the class of
     student-athletes that entered school in '91-'92 was 57%. 
     The figure is down from the 58% graduation rate for the '90-
     '91 class, on which the previous graduation rates report was
     based.  The rates are based on student-athletes who enroll
     as freshmen and who graduate from the same school within six
     years.  Transfers who graduate from a different school
     aren't considered in their original school's graduation
     rates.  The graduation rate for student-athletes was higher
     than the rate for all students, which was 56%.  Out of the
     290 schools that submitted reports, 189 had "equal or higher
     rates" for their student-athletes than for their entire
     student population.  Eight schools had student-athlete
     graduation rates of 90% or above: UNC-Asheville (100%),
     Xavier (100%), Duke (97%), Manhattan (96%), Lehigh (94%),
     Georgetown (92%), San Francisco (92%) and William & Mary
     (90%).  Five schools had student-athlete graduation rates
     under 25%: Jackson St. (24%), Texas Southern (23%), Cal St.-
     Fullerton (18%), Mississippi Valley St. (16%), MD-Eastern
     Shore (5%) (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 11/9).  
          MEN'S HOOP AND FOOTBALL RATES DOWN: In DC, Mark Asher
     notes that the graduation rate of men's basketball players
     fell to 41% from 45% for the previous year's class, while
     the graduation rate of football players dropped to 50% from
     52% in the same time period.  The decline among football
     players was the second in a row and the 41% graduation rate
     for men's basketball players is the lowest since the one for
     the '84 freshman class (WASHINGTON POST, 11/9).

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