Should Graduation Rates Affect Tourney Bids?


The NCAA basketball championship is great for fans, schools, and sponsors, but some ask whether it is good for student athletes, with graduation rates dismal at many colleges. Others say players understand the deal and suggest that the NCAA should give up the ‘amateur’ pretense. Edited by Steve St. Angelo

Ben Miller Policy analyst at Education Sector, an independent think tank in Washington

This week, 65 teams will begin competing in the NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament. A billion-dollar, monthlong extravaganza, the tournament showcases the best of college sports—rabid fan bases, historic rivalries, and a format that puts small rural colleges on par with big state powerhouses. But beneath the glam and glitz lies a problem the NCAA would rather leave...

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