The Academic Performance of College Athletes: No Doubt Worse Than Reported

In a nutshell, like graduation rates, the NCAA’s member institutions self assess and report graduation rates and academic progress rates without independent oversight. As Walter Byers, who served as NCAA executive director from 1951 to 1987, said when speaking of a college’s reporting on the necessary progress that has been made on the rehabilitation of at-risk high school graduates: “Believe me, there is a course, a grade, and a degree out there for everyone.”

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