March Madness is officially here! Though, instead of showing you my legit bracket, I decided to add an extra one to my list of yearly brackets: A bracket based off of Forbes' best colleges list. Granted, college rankings tend to be very subjective, but other academic-based indicators for brackets such as APR (academic progress rate) aren't so great either. InsideHigherEd's bracket had Kentucky in the Elite 8 - just a little over a year removed from Calipari being criticized for his team having mediocre academic standards. So, that doesn't bode well for the APR system.
Here's the Bracket. The numbers next to each school indicates the rank Forbes gave:
It's no surprise that Harvard won, but there were a few upsets along the way. Although not the best* way of completing a bracket through the means of academics - it's certainly a better route than APR or anything of the such.
*I also tried to do this through combining SAT scores and GPAs of those admitted to these schools and then come up with an arbitrary number, but the range of both indicators were too wide (as well as "unknowns" all over the place), so the margin of error would be too high for me to even try. Though, if I had all information for every school precisely, it would be the absolute best to go about it.