In March Madness social mobility women’s tourney, Sac State wins big
For the last six years, I have drawn up a parallel bracket that plots the winners and losers in the NCAA Men’s Division I basketball tournament — aka March Madness — not by how the schools have done on the court, but by how well they have made upward mobility possible for their students. Now, for the first...
By Jorge Klor de Alva | March 23, 2023
If March Madness were about social mobility, UC Santa Barbara would be making the Final Four
Once again, March Madness has taken hold of much of the nation as this month’s NCAA men’s Division I basketball tournament gets off the ground. As we have done over the past six years, we take this opportunity, when the nation is focused on figuring out which colleges produce the best basketball teams, to examine...
By Jorge Klor de Alva | March 16, 2023
Redrawing NCAA brackets for income mobility: If March Madness were about moving students up the economic ladder, research says we’d all be celebrating Georgetown
For the hundreds of schools, thousands of students and millions of fans left dismayed by the cancellation last year of the NCAA men’s Division I basketball tournament, the return of March Madness is cause for much celebration and, of course, much caution. The Big Dance comes at a time when vaccinations are leading the nation...
By Jorge Klor de Alva | March 18, 2021
Redrawing NCAA brackets for income mobility: If the 2019 tournament was about moving students up the economic ladder, we’d all be celebrating Villanova & UC Irvine
Once again, March Madness builds to a crescendo this weekend, with the “Final Four” basketball bouts set to dominate the Saturday spotlight. For many sports fans, this is an excellent time to debate what it takes to be a winner on the court — but for those of us focused on the country’s schools and...
By Jorge Klor de Alva | April 3, 2019