March Madness Graduation Rates

I’m rooting for two teams in the NCCA basketball tournament. The University of Missouri (I graduated from Mizzou’s world famous journalism school) and San Diego State University, which is a 10-minute drive from my house.
With the tournament revving up on St. Patrick’s Day, I wanted to share a post that I wrote for my CBS MoneyWatch college blog that explores how many of these basketball players are graduating with degrees. I am sharing part of the post and you can find the link to the rest of it at the bottom…
As 2011 March Madness erupts this week, let’s take a moment to see whether the college basketball players, who made it to the NCAA basketball tournament, are excelling in the classroom too.
Some of the 68 schools that captured a spot in the NCAA basketball brackets are doing a miserable job of graduating their Division I basketball players.
A special wag of the finger goes to the University of Arizona, which only managed to graduate one out of every five basketball players. What’s up with that?
On the flip side, congratulations are in order for seven teams which managed to graduate every single player.
Here is the rest of the post:

2011 March Madness: Best and Worst Graduation Rates


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  1. Lynn — You and other readers might also, as somewhat of an alternative or contrast, consider the schools and the side stories surrounding Division III Final Four taking place today and tomorrow in Salem, Va. These basketball players are true student athletes and the men’s Final Four features some wonderful small liberal arts colleges: The College of Wooster (OH), Williams College (MA), Middlebury College (VT) and the University of St. Thomas (MN).