You've heard of the BCS, of course. What about the Academic BCS?
What's that, you ask? Well, here you go.
New America Foundation’s Higher Ed Watch blog has for several years used a formula to rival the Bowl Championship Series’ rankings. The Academic BCS measures how well a team supports the “student” side of its student-athletes.
Unlike the BCS’s controversial ranking formula, the Academic BCS transparently compares data on team graduation rates and academic progress rates (an NCAA measure of academic success) to the performance of other teams, as well as to regular students at BCS colleges. The results are a look at how football schools would stack up if academics decided a team’s BCS ranking.
Stanford ranked fourth and Oregon 16th in this reconfiguration of the 25-team BCS standings based on graduation rates.
An interesting note about Stanford:
Stanford does an extremely good job of graduating its football players and was ranked No. 1 in last year’s Academic BCS. But the school fell to fourth this year namely because Stanford has a 21-percent gap between the black and white graduation rates for its players.