The editors at Inside Higher Ed, an online news and career site serving colleges and universities worldwide, once again put its academic spin on the NCAA Tournament bracket, and once again the KU men’s basketball team proved worthy of the tourney’s elite.
With competition based on the competing teams’ Academic Progress Rates, the Jayhawks, boasting a perfect multiyear APR of 1,000, reached the Academic Performance Tournament’s championship game, falling to Belmont in a tiebreaker. Along the way, KU topped Western Kentucky (the Jayhawks’ first NCAA matchup, Friday at Kansas City’s Sprint Center), Villanova, Michigan, San Diego State and Butler.
According to the NCAA, KU, Belmont and Notre Dame are the only schools in this year’s tournament with perfect APRs and a 100-percent “Graduation Success Rate.” APR accounts for players remaining in good academic standing and remaining enrolled from semester to semester; the NCAA’s Graduation Success Rate accounts for transfers and does not punish teams if athletes who leave school early do so in good academic standing. The academic tourney’s final tiebreaker is the “Federal Graduation Rate,” which deducts points when athletes do not graduate, for any reason, from their original school.
The KU men’s basketball team won the Academic Performance Tournament in 2012 and 2010, and reached the Final Four in 2011.
Inside Higher Ed’s story can be read at www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/03/18/academic-performance-tournament-bracket-march-madness-higher-ed-crowd.