Student-athletes' graduation rates at all-time high

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November 19, 2009|By Sports Digest

The NCAA's latest graduation numbers show nearly four out of five student-athletes earn their diplomas on time, an all-time high, and federal statistics show athletes are still more likely to graduate on time than other students.NCAA statistics show 79 percent of all freshmen entering school in 2002-03 graduated within six years, matching last year's record high. The four-class average, for students entering college between the fall of 1999 and the fall of 2002, also was 79 percent, a 1 percentage-point increase over last year's record. The federal numbers are lower, 64 percent for athletes, but still 2 percentage points higher than the general student body that does not have access to all the assistance provided to student-athletes. Female athletes outperformed their male counterparts, 88 percent to 72 percent, and the only women's sport to score lower than 79 percent was bowling (74 percent). The three biggest men's sports - football, basketball and baseball - all failed to top 70 percent in the NCAA report. Locally, Navy graduated 100 percent of its student-athletes in 10 of the 20 NCAA sports reported on and averaged 98 percent for student-athletes in all sports. Navy's overall graduation success rate of 98 percent was second only to Notre Dame's. According to the federal numbers, the NCAA report revealed that student-athletes who entered Towson in the 2002-03 year graduated at a rate of 78 percent, some 14 points higher than the national average for NCAA Division I student-athletes. The graduation rate is also 12 points higher than the general student body at Towson University.

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