Jayhawks Win Inside Higher Ed's 2012 "NCAA Academic Tournament"

March 12, 2012

LAWRENCE, Kan. – The Kansas Jayhawks have already won the 2012 NCAA Tournament – in the classroom, that is.

KU’s men’s basketball team won Inside Higher Ed’s annual academic competition by beating Detroit, Purdue, Belmont, North Carolina, Texas and Davidson. For its competition, Inside Higher Ed uses the actual NCAA Tournament bracket and declares winners based on two NCAA academic measurements – the Academic Progress Rate and the Graduation Success Rate. KU’s men’s basketball teams boasts a perfect multiyear APR of 1,000 and a Graduation Success Rate of 91 percent.

The APR gives points to teams whose players stay in good academic standing and remain enrolled from semester to semester. The publication broke ties by using the GSR, a variation of the graduation rate that considers transfers and does not punish teams whose athletes leave college before graduation if they leave in good academic standing.

KU won this competition in 2010 and reached the “Final Four” last year. Here’s a link to the Inside Higher Ed story: