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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

March Madness, Classroom Edition: Dayton Beats Michigan in Academic Basketball Championship

March MadnessInside Higher Ed, The 2014 Academic Performance Tournament:

[I]n this ninth iteration of Inside Higher Ed's annual academic tournament, the bragging rights go to the fans whose team dominates in the classroom, not on the court. ...

To determine the winners, we look to the Academic Progress Rate, the NCAA's multiyear measure of a team's classroom performance (in this case, from to 2008-12). When two teams tie, as they inevitably do, we turn to the NCAA's Graduation Success Rate, which measures the proportion of athletes on track to graduate within six years. In the event of a GSR tie, our final determinant is the Federal Graduation Rate, a slightly different formula that the government uses to track graduation rates.

Dayton is the national champion in the Academic Performance Tournament, with American, Memphis, and Michigan also in the Final Four.  Harvard loses to Michigan State and Stanford loses to New Mexico in the Round of 32, and Duke loses to Michigan in the Sweet 16.


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Inside Higher Ed has amended this bracket because of an "editing error." The actual academic national champion is the University of Kansas.

Posted by: Phillip Blackman | Mar 20, 2014 7:26:58 AM