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Austin F. Eggers and Peter A. Groothuis
''The Impact of Winning an NCAA Men's Basketball or Football Championship on Academic Quality ''
( 2021, Vol. 41 No.2 )
Collegiate sports programs are often characterized as the front porch of a university, serving to publicize the institution and draw students to the door. We analyze how winning either a national championship in men's NCAA Division One basketball or football influences the academic quality of students attending the university. Our findings suggest that winning a national championship in men's basketball slightly increases the quality of students at a university, while winning a football championship slightly lowers the quality of students who enroll at a school as measured by academic test scores and high school rank. Our results demonstrate that winning a national championship may serve as signal to prospective students of the amenity mix available at a university, thereby influencing student enrollment decisions.
Keywords: Higher Education, Academic Ranking, NCAA men's basketball and football
JEL: I2 - Education: General
J2 - Demand and Supply of Labor: General
Manuscript Received : Sep 01 2020 Manuscript Accepted : Apr 09 2021

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