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Date Posted: 23:37:04 07/18/17 Tue
JH, yours is a reasonable hypothesis. But the data actually shows that Harvard's Academic Progress Rating began to fall dramatically in 2011, before really accelerating downward in 2012. The Introduction to Congress scandal affected the 2013 season and the three seasons afterward, as the numbers are now reported as rolling four-year averages.
Note that there are two sources of grade inflation here:
First, the scale up to 1000 is a joke, as 930 is a failing grade which precludes participation in NCAA postseason tournaments. Secondly, in order to hide failing scores for individual years, the NCAA now only reports rolling four-year averages, whereas previously scores were reported for individual years.
That's how we knew that, for both 2011 and 2012, Harvard men's basketball scored below 930, the threshold for tournament participation.
HARVARD MEN'S BASKETBALL ACADEMIC PROGRESS RATING (four-year rolling average)
2011 974 beginning of downward movement
2012 956 nadir of rolling four-year average
2013 963 Harvard cheating scandal
2014 959 second lowest score, now including cheating scandal
I wouldn't be too impressed by the high GPAs at Harvard. The Crimson are still squarely in the bottom half of the League in APR scores.
IVY LEAGUE APR SCORES 2016
Columbia-Barnard 1000 (note to Tod Howard Hawks: that's the NCAA nomenclature)
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