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March 17, 2010 at 11:32 AM

Report: UW low among tourney teams in graduation rates

According to a study released Monday, Washington ranks near the bottom of the teams in the NCAA tournament when it comes to graduation rates.
The annual report by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida ranked the schools in order and the five lowest graduation rates were Maryland (8 percent), California (20 percent), Washington (29 percent), Arkansas Pine Bluff (29 percent) and Tennessee (30 percent).
NCAA statistics were used in the study. The report measures six-year graduation rates for the freshman classes that entered college from the 1999-2000 through 2002-03 school years.
Marquette, UW’s first-round opponent Thursday, was one of six schools with 100 percent graduation rates. The others were BYU, Notre Dame, Utah State, Wake Forest and Wofford.
According to the report, Washington’s overall student athlete graduation rate was 84 percent for that period.
Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar, who took over in 2003, said he was “shocked” when told of the report Tuesday.
“I would like to do the research myself and see, but I know what we’ve done in terms of our graduation rate since I’ve been here,” Romar said. “You go beyond eight years, I don’t know. But since we’ve been here, we’ve been successful.”

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