ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- Lehigh University received the inaugural NCAA Foundation Academic Achievement Award for the highest student graduation rate among the 302 Division I schools.
From 1994-00, 94 percent of Lehigh's athletes earned degrees.
The award, jointly sponsored by the NCAA Foundation and USA Today, comes with a $25,000 institutional scholarship.
"I think it's perverse to recognize institutions for what they should be doing in the first place," Lehigh athletic director Joe Sterrett told Friday's edition of The Morning Call.
"The truth is, we failed on 6 percent of our kids. I look at that as too high a failure rate."
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