Ivy League uses A.I. to recruit athletes
Recruiting a group of Ivy League caliber freshmen athletes is no easy endeavor. Since the mid-1980s, the Ivy League has used a standardized measurement of academic achievement called the Academic Index to make sure member institutions don't accept "vastly underqualified" recruits. Potential recruits receive an A.I. calculated on a combination of SAT math and verbal scores and grade point averages. This past summer, the Ivy League raised the minimum acceptable A.I. score from 171 to 176 - or, a 3.0 student with an 1140 SAT. According to a report on Brown athletics commissioned this year, Dartmouth and UPenn had five sports with average A.I. scores under 200; Brown 7; Columbia 3; Yale 1; and Harvard and Princeton none. The report did not mention Cornell.
Along with the increase, changes in calculating A.I. include a switch from using class rank to grade point average.
"Harris said the A.I. this year was not raised so much as adjusted. Class rank was once part of the formula, with grade-point average used only if class rank was not available. But because many high schools stopped reporting class rankings in recent years, it was eliminated over the summer. Harris said the change was made because when admissions directors recalculated multiple A.I.’s under the new system, a candidate who typically reached a score of 171 was now a 176."- New York Times
Across Ivy League schools, the A.I. serves as a way to ensure athletes meet the same academic standards as the rest of their incoming class.
In the 1980s, Dartmouth Dean Ralph Manuel '58 H'08 and President John Kemeny played key roles in designing the Academic Index blueprint.
Addendum: This blog post has been modified to clarify the change from using class rank to G.P.A. in calculating the Academix Index. It now includes additional information about Dartmouth's relationship with the A.I.