March 25, 2011

Education Secretary Duncan: Ban NCAA teams with low graduation rates

As March Madness got underway, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan joined others in calling for a ban on college teams that do not graduate at least 50 percent of their players. In an op ed column in the Washington Post, Duncan said 10 of the 68 men’s teams competing in the NCAA tournament are not on track to graduate half their players. “Colleges and universities need to stop trotting out tired excuses for basketball teams with poor academic records and indefensible disparities in the graduation rates of white and black players,” Duncan said. “And it is time that the NCAA revenue distribution plan stopped handsomely rewarding success on the court with multimillion-dollar payouts to schools that fail to meet minimum academic standards.”

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