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Singin' the Grad-rate Blues

The latest graduation-rate study for NCAA Tournament teams leaves a lot to be desired from our institutions of higher learning.

Updated: March 22, 2005, 12:02 PM ET
By Richard Lapchick | Special to Page 2

Fifty years ago, no one talked about graduation rates. The NIT – not the NCAA – was considered the real national collegiate basketball championship tournament. There was no March Madness. There were very few African-American basketball players in college sports. Television rarely covered a college event.

Many of us look back nostalgically on some aspects of those "good old days."

As 129 men's and women's teams hit the court last week with a dream of being ...

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