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    Graduation requirement for NCAA Tournament?

    Duncan Renews Call for Graduation Requirement for NCAA Tournament



    Education Secretary Arne Duncan reiterated a call he made last yearfor the National Collegiate Athletic Association to require that colleges participating in the Division I men's basketball tournament have players on track to graduate at a minimum rate. Duncan increased his plea from a minimum expected graduation rate of 40 percent to a rate of at least 50 percent, after a report found low expected graduation rates among some of the teams in the tournament this year and vast disparities between the rates of black and white players.

    The report, conducted by Richard Lapchick, director of the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports at the University of Central Florida, found that 66 percent of the players on teams participating in the men's tournament are expected to graduate. But the report found "alarming" differences in graduation rates among competing colleges and racial groups. At Kansas State University, 100 percent of white players are expected to graduate, compared with 14 percent of black players. Such findings are “unconscionable,” said Duncan, who suggested the NCAA use the Academic Progress Rate to judge colleges on their students’ expected graduation rates, preventing institutions with an anticipated graduation rate below 50 percent from going to the NCAA tournament. “The big kahuna is the opportunity to go to the tournament,” he said. “So if we draw a clear line there, a bright line in the sand, then behavior will change.”


    Just thought this was interesting. Regarding the statistics about K-State, I'm guessing the N is so small that it's not fair to make such generalizations, but the point is probably still very valid.



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    Re: Graduation requirement for NCAA Tournament?

    Arne Duncan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Duncan attended the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools[1] and later Harvard University, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1987 with a bachelor's degree in sociology. His senior thesis, for which he took a year's leave to do research in Kenwood, in inner-city Chicago, was entitled The values, aspirations and opportunities of the urban underclass.[2]
    I'm sure his alma mater being Harvard and them getting the "shaft" by the Tournament Selection Committee has absolutely nothing to do with this...

    Oh yeah, because I'm sure someone will overlook the jest in this statement...


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    Re: Graduation requirement for NCAA Tournament?

    Overall, it's not a terrible idea to require players in college to be making progress towards degrees and completing them.

    At the same time, you have to account for the 1-and-dones and the diploma mill programs that schools will inevitably put together to get guys through (maybe even moreso than they do already?).

    Good idea overall, but how do you actually implement it?


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