According to Inside Higher Ed, if the March Madness of college basketball was based on academic performance, the Seton Hall University men's team would finish in the Final Four.
Against stiff competition (but still beating out U. Conn., Baylor, George Washington, the University of Pennsylvania and a host of other colleges) the women's basketball team would make the Sweet 16 in the magazine's "Academic Bracket."
Seton Hall returns to the actual NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament for the first time since 2006 after winning the Big East Championship against Villanova, the third ranked team in the nation.
The women's basketball team, often listed in the national polls as one of the best teams in the nation, is headed to its second-straight NCAA Tournament.
"Our student-athletes have proven time and again, that excellence in the classroom, in addition to on the fields of play, is of the utmost importance," said Seton Hall Vice President and Director of Athletics & Recreation Pat Lyons. "Articles like these give a glimpse at the hard work and dedication of these young leaders. We're delighted to see them recognized in this manner, but we're certainly not surprised. Seton Hall's academic prowess, both in and out of the athletics department, continues to grow by the day."
This is the eleventh year that Inside Higher Ed has produced its "Academic Bracket" for the NCAA Basketball Tournament. To determine the winners, Inside Higher Ed judges teams based on "the Academic Progress Rate, the N.C.A.A.'s multiyear measure of a team's classroom performance," and "the N.C.A.A.'s Graduation Success Rate, which measures the proportion of athletes on track to graduate within six years."
Read more and see the full NCAA Tournament "Academic Bracket" for men.
Read more and see the full NCAA Tournament "Academic Bracket" for women.