CNN has published a story which digs into academics and athletics, using public university data. The 1st link above is to the basic story. The 2nd link above is to the detailed response by school.
CNN chose 37 schools for the study. Included are Arizona State, Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA, Utah and Washington. Arizona, Cal, Colorado and Washington State were left off the list for whatever reason. Stanford and $C were excluded as private universities.
UCLA told CNN "we'll get back to you". CNN apparently intends to hold UCLA to this. Doughnut is probably used to saying the same thing to Block, and getting away with it. So we shall see. My prediction is that UCLA will come out looking good in comparison to peers, based on our excellent results in terms of APR and graduation rates.
Arizona State blew off CNN. CNN is still digging. One glaring fact mention is that Arizona State only has one learning specialist for all athletes. No way that is enough.
Oregon is still working on the data.
At Oregon State, 12% of the football players admitted between 2007 and 2012 scored less than the minimum score required to be considered "college literate" at admission. The CNN report includes a lengthly response from an Oregon State representative, basically noting that test scores are not the sole predictor of future academic success and stating that Oregon State does not leave athletes hanging out. Oregon State was 8th in the conference in the most recent football graduation rates published (which relate to admits in 2006).
Utah blew off CNN. CNN is looking for other indicators.
At Washington, 14% of the athletes (no breakdown by sport) were below the minimum SAT score for college literacy. 20% of the athletes were at or below the minimum ACT score for college literacy. The CNN report includes a lengthy response from a Washington representative. He includes the interesting observation that the achievement gap between athletes and general populace admits is likely higher for the Pac-12 than for other conferences, because of the higher academic standards within the Pac-12. Right on. He also suggests that some Pac-12 schools will admit students who are not admitted at UDub (calling Seven Win Steve). Washington was 3rd in the conference in the most recent football graduation rates published.
More to follow, no doubt, as this gets picked up on a wider basis.