BY The Cincinnati Enquirer
An NCAA survey on graduation rates released Monday reflected well on Xavier, not so well on the University of Cincinnati.
For student-athletes in all sports who entered school in 1991, Xavier is ranked No. 1 in the country with a 100 percent graduation rate - 30 out of 30 student-athletes earned degrees. Only Howard University (24-of-24) and North Carolina-Asheville (6-of-6) also had 100 percent.
XU's numbers run counter to trends. XU's overall graduation rate is 67 percent. Nationally, the NCAA said student-athletes graduated at a rate of 57 percent, down 1 percentage point from the freshman class of 1990.
''We are grateful for the successes of our student-athletes both on and off the field,'' said the Rev. James E. Hoff, Xavier President. ''Our 100 percent student-athlete graduation rate says a lot about the quality of the students who choose Xavier.''
While UC's men's basketball program ranked last in the nation in graduation rate - 0 percent for the freshman class of 1991 - that figure is somewhat misleading. UC had just two players in that class, and one, Shane Komives, transferred to Bowling Green before the 1991-92 season even started.
''It's a statistic we certainly are not very proud of, but I believe that of the kids who played from 1991 to this period, there are degrees that have been granted,'' said UC Athletic Director Bob Goin, who didn't arrive in Cincinnati until 1997.
''We're not proud of our numbers, but you could also have a 100 percent rate if you had just two guys and both of them graduated,'' Goin said.
Goin said UC is starting a ''recall'' on every athlete that has completed their eligibility in the 1990s that does not have a degree from Cincinnati.
''We're going to do everything we can to put a plan together - men, women, all sports - to get them to come back and work with us,'' Goin said. ''They can keep their jobs, and they might have to take courses somewhere else, but what we can do is encourage them to get their degrees.''