College Grad Rates

Let me be clear, I love college sports. So I’m not one of these detractors who says that they distract from or diminish the real work of universities even though there is some truth to David Boren’s quip about needing a good football team to build a university around. And frankly, I don’t mind some special privileges for athletes, they work hard for their schools and don’t make a dime (while everyone around them is).

But what does sort of gall me is that while a lot of colleges and universities pretty much throw their hands up about graduation rates, particularly for minorities (pdf), they are able to move the needle for athletes (even though there is still a long way to go) when the pressure is on to do so. Why? Well, tutoring, support, etc…So it’s not as though all the ingredients for attacking this problem more generally are a great mystery…

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