College athletes are graduating at a record pace nationwide, continuing an upward trend that dates to the early 2000s, according to data released Wednesday.
The NCAA reported that its Graduation Success Rate hit an all-time high of 87% based on the 2014-2017 graduating classes at Division I schools.
That number represents a 1 percentage point bump over last year and was pushed upward by an increase of 3 percentage points for African American athletes across all sports.
NCAA President Mark Emmert called it “a significant achievement,” adding that “our student–athletes and member schools should be proud of the work they are doing.”
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