Study: Racial gap in graduation rates narrows for bowling teams | Northern Iowa College Sports


By AARON BEARD – AP Sports Writer

The racial gap in graduation rates for this year’s bowl teams in college football has narrowed, with a study pointing to the earnings of black athletes for pushing that improvement.

The study from the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at the University of Central Florida found that the overall graduate success rate (GSR) for bowl-related teams had increased to 81 , 3%, compared to 78% for 2020. Yet the racial gap has narrowed as the average GSR for black athletes fell from 73.4% in 2020 to 78% this year, while white athletes remained stable at 89.7%.

The 11.7 percentage point gap was down from a 16.3 point gap in 2020.

“The fact that it has remained the same for white student-athletes, it could be totally cyclical,” TIDES director and lead author of the report, Richard Lapchick, said in an interview with The Associated Press. “But closing the gap at this point is important from my perspective, because for me that’s why we’re doing the graduation rate study.”

The study cited the GSR, a methodology developed in 2002 and used by the NCAA to examine athlete transfer patterns that can affect graduation. The study noted that the GSR of white and black soccer players was significantly higher than the graduation rate of non-athlete students, and the racial gap between white and black non-athletes was much higher at around 25. percentage points.

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“The concern about this gap has always been there,” Lapchick said. “First, it always is – it should be equal. … Sometimes it closed because the white rate went down, which is nothing new for black athletes. But this is news for black athletes.

NCAA spokeswoman Michelle Hosick declined to comment on Friday night.

The study also cited the performances of all four teams in the college football playoffs: No.1 in Alabama, No.2 in Michigan, No.3 in Georgia and No.4 in Cincinnati. Of this group, Alabama (86%), Michigan (96%) and Cincinnati (86%) were significantly ahead of Georgia (59%) in GSR.

In addition, the Bulldogs had a GSR racial gap (23 percentage points) as large as the Crimson Tide (9), Wolverines (6) and Bearcats (8) combined, according to the study.

More generally, the study indicated that there were eight teams that had a GSR racial gap among soccer players of at least 30 percentage points, including LSU at 48, while 18 bowl-related teams had a gap of at least 20 percentage points between white and black. players.

Positive highlights included eight schools with a higher GSR for football players than the overall GSR for athletes at that school, including Michigan, No.13 in Pittsburgh, No.24 in UTSA, the Florida, Louisville and Middle Tennessee. And six schools had a higher GSR for black soccer players than for white players, including Maryland, Brigham Young, Boise State, and Wyoming.

The State of Kansas and the State of South Carolina were the only schools to appear on these two lists.

TIDES publishes annual bulletins on racial and gendered hiring practices in professional leagues such as the NFL, NBA, WNBA, Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, as well as college sports.

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