Graduation rates of women’s tourney teams again top men

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Women competing in this year’s NCAA Tournament continue to graduate at a higher rate than their male counterparts, according to an annual study.

The report released Tuesday by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport shows athletes on teams selected for the women’s tournament have a graduation rate of 88 percent, compared to 75 percent for men’s tournament teams.

Both tournaments have only one team each that failed to meet the NCAA’s standard of averaging a 50 percent graduation rate over a four-year period.

Study author Richard Lapchick noted concern after seeing the disparity between white and African-American female athletes grow to 12 percentage points, up from 5 percentage points in 2014. The disparity between white and African-American on men’s tournament teams was 24 percentage points for the second consecutive year.