Mark Emmert

NCAA: Graduation rates up for black men's basketball players

The NCAA announced Tuesday that 77 percent of black men's Division I basketball players who entered college in 2009 earned a degree within six years, up five points from a year earlier and a record high.

That improvement helped the overall Graduation Success Rate match last year's record of 86 percent of athletes graduating within six years, the NCAA said. Of all black Division I student-athletes, 74 percent graduated within six years. NCAA President Mark Emmert said in a news release the improved rates were "hugely significant."

"Over the last 15 years, the overall Graduation Success Rate has dramatically improved, but the really good news is how college...

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