Bowl Teams Graduation Rates Up, Racial Gap Widens

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Monday, December 5, 2011

A new study of the Football Bowl Subdivision schools selected to play in the upcoming bowl games shows overall continued academic progress, but a continued wide gap between white and African-American players.

Monday's report by the University of Central Florida's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport notes an overall Graduation Success Rate improvement from 67 to 68 percent for athletes from the 70 bowl teams.

A total of 97 percent of schools had at least a 50 percent GSR for football teams, up 6 percent from 2010.

Also, for the second straight year 99 percent of schools received a score higher than the target 925 on the NCAA's four-year Academic Progress Rate. Teams with a four-year APR of 925 or below face penalties including loss of scholarships.

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