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ALL POMP, NO CIRCUMSTANCE? ATHLETE GRADUATION RATES DROP
Published August 30, 1999
Graduation rates for all Div. I women's basketball players "declined for the second straight year," according to Mark Asher of the WASHINGTON POST. The declines, which were reported in the '99 NCAA Graduation Rates Report released today, "were sharpest among black basketball players, both male and female, as other rates generally remained constant." One-year drops of 4% for all female basketball players and 6% for black female players "left those graduation rates equal to and two points lower than those for any class entering college since the NCAA implemented tougher standards in the fall of" '86. In two years, the graduation rate of all female Div. I basketball players dropped from an all-time high of 67% to 62%. Asher adds, "Nevertheless, female basketball players continue to graduate at a higher rate than all female students do" (WASHINGTON POST, 8/30). The survey also shows that 58% of more than 14,600 athletes who entered as freshmen in '92 "had graduated by last year." USA TODAY's Steve Wieberg: "That's a percentage point higher than a year ago and slightly better than the 56% for the entire student body at the same schools" (USA TODAY, 8/30).