Inspired by the annual Inside Higher Ed bracketology, Higher Ed Athletics created its own version of who would win the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship if NCAA Academic Performance Program (APP) data was used instead of on-court performance.
Likely due to the coronavirus pandemic the last two year’s of data has not been made available using the public databases. The 2018-19 Academic Progress Rate (APR) multi-year score for each team in the field was used as the initial advance metric in the tournament. And in the case where multi-year APR scores were the same, HEA used Head Coach APR single-year score of the coach in 2018-19 for a tie-breaker. Additional layers of tie-breakers (yes they were needed) included the 2014 cohorts for the NCAA Graduation Success Rate (GSR) followed by the Federal Graduation Rate (FGR).
Your 2022 Higher Ed Athletics Women’s Basketball National Champions are the Bluejays of Creighton University!
The Final Four included: Creighton, Gonzaga, Stanford and Kentucky.
The other in the Elite Eight included: Miami (FL), Michigan, Fairfield and IUPUI.