Report: Full-Time Job of Football Cutting Into Grad Rates

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The College Sport Research Institute at the University of North Carolina today released its 2010 Division I Football Adjusted Graduation Gap report, and the numbers indicate a sizeable gap exists.

The first-of-its-kind report utilizes the published four-class average graduation rates for the 1999-2002 cohort (the most recent available) and removes from general student body graduation rates data related to part-time students. The result is a comparison of how football players, who are also full-time students, stack up against the general full-time male student population. Overall, NCAA Division I football players graduated at a rate of 54.5 percent, 13.9 percentage points behind the male student population at large (68.4 percent).

Only one conference among the 23 competing at the Division I level posted a positive AGG. Players in the Southwestern Athletic Conference graduated at a rate 6 percentage points better than the full-time male population who attended SWAC institutions. Moreover, the top seven spots in the report are occupied by Football Championship Subdivision conferences: SWAC, Mid-Eastern Athletic, Big South, Southern, Southland, Northeast and Patriot.

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