Thursday, March 25, 2010
NCAA basketball and the graduation gap between black and white athletes
In its annual report, the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports found that of the 65 teams in the field, 45 teams graduated 70% or more of their white players, while only 20 graduated at least 70% of their black players. In men’s basketball, schools like Kansas and Duke graduate a high percentage of their players, both white and black. Kansas graduates 67% of its black players and 75% of its white players. Duke graduates 89% of its black players and 100% of its white players. But at Ohio State, Michigan State and Kentucky black athletes do very poorly. Ohio State graduates 50% of its black players but 100% of its white ones. Michigan State graduates 44% of its black players but 100% of its white ones and Kentucky graduates only 18% of its black players versus 100% of its white players.