The National Collegiate Athletic Association recently banned 36 college sports teams from postseason play during the 2014-15 academic year because of poor performance on the association’s academic progress rate (APR). Fifteen of these teams are at HBCUs.
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In 2013 the graduation rate for Black students at the nation’s largest universities that participate in the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Division I is 44 percent. This is 22 percentage points below the rate for Whites.
Eighteen teams were penalized for the poor academic performance of their student athletes by being declared ineligible for postseason competition in the 2013-14 academic year. Of these 18 teams, 15 were teams at historically Black colleges and universities.
It is likely that the financial aid provided by an athletic scholarship is a critical factor in enabling many black student athletes to stay in school.
For black students who matriculated in the fall of 2004, only 43 percent earned their degree within six years.