Jayhawks Reach Title Game in Inside Higher Ed's Academic Tournament

March 19, 2013

LAWRENCE, Kan. – The Kansas Jayhawks have already reached the championship game of the 2013 NCAA Tournament – in the classroom, that is.

KU’s men’s basketball team reached the final game of Inside Higher Ed’s annual academic competition. Inside Higher Ed uses the actual NCAA Tournament bracket and declares winners based on the schools’ Academic Progress Rates (APR). KU’s men’s basketball team boasts a perfect multiyear APR of 1,000.

The Jayhawks beat Western Kentucky, Villanova, Michigan, San Diego State and Butler, then lost to Belmont in the championship game.

The NCAA tweeted this week that KU is one of only three schools (Belmont, Notre Dame) in the NCAA Tournament field of 68 with a perfect APR and a 100 percent Graduation Success Rate.

The APR rewards teams whose players stay in good academic standing and remain enrolled from semester to semester. The publication broke ties by using the NCAA’s Graduation Success Rate (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. If a further tiebreaker is needed, the publication uses the Federal Graduation Rate, which deducts points when student-athletes, for any reason, do not graduate from the school at which he originally enrolled.

KU won this competition in 2012 and 2010, and reached the “Final Four” in 2011. Here’s a link to the Inside Higher Ed story:


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