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NCAA student-athlete graduation rates at all-time high

October 25, 2011 |  1:54 pm

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The NCAA's graduation success rate has climbed to an all-time high, with more than eight of every 10 Division I student-athletes earning their degrees within six years, officials said Tuesday. 

The 82% graduation rate for student-athletes who began college in 2004 is three points higher than last year and eight points higher than when the NCAA began collecting such data a decade ago. 

"Academic reform is working," NCAA President Mark Emmert said. "Students are better prepared when they enter college, and they are staying on track to earn their degrees."

Officials were less pleased that graduation rates for football and men’s basketball players, while improving, remained below 70%.

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Photo: NCAA President Mark Emmert. Credit: Lisa Helfert / PR Newswire 

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