Wisconsin graduated 88 percent of student athletes who enrolled in 1996-97 in the allotted six-year term, according to recent NCAA statistics. The mark is the highest total among Big Ten Universities and is tied for third nationally, trailing only Notre Dame at 92 percent and Tulsa (89 percent). Duke also recorded a graduation rate of 88 percent.
The 88 percent rate is a significant improvement over Wisconsin's four-year class rate (which gauges graduation rates beginning with the 1993-94 class, and culminating with the '96-97 class). The four-year rate is currently 68 percent.
The NCAA divides all school's sports into the following categories when publishing graduation rates: baseball, men's basketball, men's cross country/track, football, men's other, women's basketball, women's cross country/track, women's other. Wisconsin men's cross country/track and women's basketball each enjoyed 100 percent graduation rates from their 1996-97 freshman class. The women's basketball team also boasts a 100 percent four-year graduation rate.
Wisconsin's lowest four-year graduation rate belongs to men's basketball, at 44 percent. The Division I average for men's basketball is 42 percent. The Wisconsin football team's four-year rate is 52 percent, but its current rate is 73 percent, well above of the Division I-A football average of 54 percent.
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