Can DePaul University pull off a hat trick?
Welcome to the fourth annual Inside Higher Ed academic bracket for the National Collegiate Athletic Association women's basketball tournament. With this bracket, how teams perform in the classroom is what determines the victor.
Here's how it works: to determine the winners, we first look to the Academic Progress Rate, the N.C.A.A.'s multiyear measure of a team's classroom performance. When two teams tie, we turn to the N.C.A.A.'s Graduation Success Rate, which measures the proportion of athletes on track to graduate within six years. In the event of a G.S.R. tie, we then turn to the Federal Graduation Rate, a slightly different formula that the government uses to track graduation rates.
DePaul has emerged the winner in two of our three previous tournaments, and was the runner-up in a third. Of course, DePaul has never won the real N.C.A.A. tournament, so we can't advise that you use our bracket as research for your entry in the office pool.
Then again, it is March Madness. And who doesn't love a good underdog story?
Click on the bracket below to see this year's winner, and be sure to also check out our men's tournament bracket.
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