The NCAA got some good news Thursday that had nothing to do with television contracts or bowl games.
For the first time, since NCAA officials started tracking graduation rates in 1984, Division I athletes have reached a 60% rate, according to an NCAA report annually produced from information collected by the U.S. Department of Education.
The 2002 report tracked the 1995-96 freshman class. According to the report, 60% of the athletes in Division I colleges and universities graduated within six years, the time frame used by the Department of Education to determine graduation success.
That compares to a 58% graduation rate for all full-time students at those same institutions. The rates for both groups rose two percentage points from a year ago.