NCAA Says Division I Grad Rates Are Higher Than Ever

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The “graduation success rate” of Division I college athletes, as reported by the NCAA, ticked up again this year. The association announced on Wednesday that the rate for the class that entered college in 2008 had risen by two percentage points from the previous year, to 86 percent — the highest number it has ever reported.

Problems with how the NCAA measures graduation rates are well documented.For one, the metrics do not penalize institutions when athletes leave, as long as they do so in good academic standing — a status that the college determines.

According to the NCAA, the success rate for Division I men’s basketball players ticked up by three percentage points, to 77 percent, and the rate for Football Bowl Subdivision players held steady, at 75 percent.