Academic Final Four Has Some Surprises

Basketball ScholarshipJust found this post on the Yahoo Sports page and thought it was interesting enough to pass along.

I think there are two important points here:

1) You can be a good basketball player and play on a good team and still be a good student. You don’t have to sacrifice one for the other.

2) Reputation is not extremely important when it comes to education. If you apply yourself academically you can get a great education nearly everywhere but if you don’t apply yourself you will get a less than stellar education even at a very prestigious university.

Here’s the post:

We’re about to find out just how well the 68 teams in the 2014 NCAA tournament perform on the court. Let’s just say it’s likely to be very different from how they’ve performed in the classroom.

Once again, Inside Higher Ed has offered up its own version of the NCAA tournament, playing out the matchups with a set of criteria designed to measure academic rather than athletic performance. The tournament uses the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate to determine a winner, meaning that this is an academic battle between teams, not universities as a whole. A tiebreaker is the NCAA’s Graduation Success Rate, measuring how many players graduated within six years. The secondary tie-breaker, if necessary, is the Federal Graduation Rate.

So who’s your winner? None other than … Kansas!

Yep, the Kansas Jayhawks win this tournament, which featured a Final Four that also included Memphis, BYU and Texas. Expected academic powerhouse Harvard got knocked out early, as did other notables such as Duke and UVA. Strange, huh?

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