Graduation rates for African American athletes at Power 5 schools on rise

Graduation rates for black athletes in football and men’s basketball at Power 5 conference schools are increasing on average, but 40 percent of schools showed declines in such rates during the past two years, according to a new report on racial inequities in college sports.

The report, released Sunday by the University of Southern California’s Race and Equity Center, shows Power 5 graduation rates for black football and men’s basketball players have increased by an average of 2.5 percent since 2016. Thirty-six schools in Power 5 conferences had increases — by an average of 6.5 percent — led by Kansas State (18 percent), Louisville (18 percent) and Vanderbilt (17 percent). But 40 percent of Power 5 schools have had a decrease in graduation rates among black football and men’s basketball…

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