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Graduation Madness Fact Sheet

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  • Percentage of the 4,000+ students who play Division 1 men’s basketball who will go on to professional sports careers: 0.8
  • Percentage of NCAA men’s basketball players who entered college in 1997 and had graduated by 2003: 44
  • Number of the teams in last year’s March Madness, out of 65, that would not have qualified to play for the national championship if a 50-percent graduation rate was required for players: 43
  • Approximate number of colleges that last year “asked the NCAA for leniency” when it began handing out penalties to teams that had not met the Academic Progress Rate standards: 400
  • Average salary of a worker with a bachelor’s degree in 2004, according the U.S. Census Bureau: $51,206, versus $27,915 for a high school graduate
  • Average revenues for a Division 1-A athletic program in 2003: $29.4 million, up 17.2 percent from 2001
  • Number of the NCAA Division I men’s basketball teams that did not graduate a single African-American college athlete from 1999-2004: 45, out of 328
  • Percentage of Division I men’s basketball players who are African-American: 58
  • Number of NCAA Division I women’s basketball teams that did not graduate a single African-American college athlete from 1999-2004: 27
  • Number of Final Four teams in last year’s tournament sponsored by Nike: 4