Showing posts with label University. Show all posts
Showing posts with label University. Show all posts

Monday, January 13, 2020

Endorsement Deals Help Elite Athletes in College Football



It's interesting that college football is having it's 150th anniversary and the NFL is having it's 100th anniversary in the same year.  Personally I believe that a rematch of Green Bay and Kansas City would be a fitting match up for the Super Bowl as they were the first two teams to meet in the big game.  

Heisman Winner Johnny Manziel


As I write this LSU and Clemson are playing for college football's national championship.  Many of these players in the game and many players not in the game hope to play or coach in the Super Bowl someday.  Recently the governor of California signed a law allowing college players to accept sponsorship deals while in college which is banned by the NCAA.

A recent ESPN documentary discusses the issue of players getting paid.  College coaches are now paid in the millions of dollars which is close to NFL coaches.  I personally believe that, ideally, the NFL and NBA should have a farm club system like the NHL and MLB.  The first two leagues mentioned in the last sentence get lots talent from college sports for free.  Using a farm club system would take a lot of the hypocrisy out of college sports.  

The players are supposed to be there to get an education.  While they are there they should have enough to live on but sponsorship deals would most likely go to the elite players while the average players would get the scraps.  

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Bishop McCort's Class of '18 Also Has Over 40% NHS Membership

Back in June I posted about how my high school Alma Mater Bishop McCort had over 46% of its senior class in the National Honor Society (NHS) in its 2017 graduating class.  McCort, in it's alumni news letter, just published the list of the 2018 graduating class with NHS membership and the college that they would be attending.  I thought I would take a look the numbers for the 2018 class.

In the graph above shows that the percentage of seniors in the NHS was down slightly at 42.6% though still well above the years 2016 and 1985-1988.  The classes from the 80's (when I was there) had more students.  The years 2017-2018 also had a larger number of students (40) in the NHS than the other years considered.  Eyeballing the colleges that the class of 2018 are attending shows that most are attending local colleges and universities. There were no students going to an Ivy League school.  One student is attending Bucknell University who was not in the NHS.  I will look at that in my next post.


NHS %
1985
1986
1987
1988
2016
2017
2018
Total
yes
33
22
20
34
31
40
40
220
no
107
107
111
114
66
47
54
606
Total
140
129
131
148
97
87
94
826
NHS %
23.6%
17.0%
15.3%
23.0%
32.0%
46.0%
42.6%
26.6%

As previously stated the criterion for membership is more stringent now than it was in the 80's with a cumulative 96% grade average needed for membership.  When I was there a 3.3 grade point average was needed.  My Class just had it's 30th reunion.  I couldn't be there but the 35th will be here before I know it.  As far as I know most of them are fine whether they were in the NHS or not.




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Saturday, June 16, 2018

NHS Membership, Not School Year predicts Prestige in College Admission at McCort


Two years ago I followed up my post on McCort graduating class year and National Honor Society (NHS) membership with the types ofcolleges that they were admitted to.  This year I found a greater percentage of the 2017 graduating class with NHS membership.  I thought I would take a look how it looks for college admission for the class of '17.

I looked at the other two catholic high schools in the Altoona Johnstown Diocese, Bishop Guilfoyle and Bishop Carroll in their NHS membership.  Bishop Guilfoyle did not publish it's graduating class on its website but it does say "75% achieve GPA exceeding the academic criteria set by the National Honor Society."  The criteria there is 94%.  Bishop Carroll did post it's graduating class and 8 out of 57 graduates were NHS members or 14% which is close to McCort's class of 1987 %.  I couldn't find their criteria for NHS membership.

I looked at McCort's class of '17 graduate profile and compared it to the class of '16 and my class of '88 as to which types of colleges they were admitted to.  I used the same classification I used 2 years ago with US News and World Report's rating system described below.  The results of the table can be seen below.

I categorized schools according to the US News score.  An elite school had a score of 61-100 (U. of Penn, Johns-Hopkins) a second tier school had a score of 35-60 (Pitt, Penn State), a third tier four year school had a score of 34 or below or were unranked (Indiana (PA) or IUP as we in PA call it, Pitt-Johnstown or UPJ).  Community colleges, jr colleges, or advanced technical schools were 4th tier.  Those who went into the military or were employed were placed in the 5th tier and those who were undecided or deferred for a year were placed in tier 6.  This classification is totally mine and you are welcome to disagree with it.  The listing of all schools, their 2016 US News score (if available), the classification, the school considered, and the number of students going to that school from each class are presented at the bottom of this post.


College rank * NHS * Year Crosstabulation
Year
NHS (%)
Total
n
y
1988
College
Rank
1
6(46.2%)
7(53.8%)
13
2
30(61.2%)
19(38.8%)
49
3
54(91.5%)
5(8.5%)
59
4
9(81.8%)
2(18.2%)
11
5
11(91.7%)
1(8.3%)
12
6
4(100.0%)
0
4
Total
114(77.0%)
34(23.0%)
148
2016
College
Rank
1
2(40.0%)
3(60.0%)
5
2
26(53.1%)
23(46.9%)
49
3
24(82.8%)
5(17.2%)
29
4
6(100.0%)
0
6
5
1(100.0%)
0
1
6
7(100.0%)
0
7
Total
66(68.0%)
31(32.0%)
97
2017
College
rank
1
1(14.3%)
6(85.7%)
7
2
20(43.5%)
26(56.5%)
46
3
12(60.0%)
8(40.0%)
20
4
6(100.0%)
0
6
5
5(100.0%)
0
5
6
3(100.0%)
0
3
Total
47(54.0%)
40(46.0%)
87
Total
College rank
1
9(36.0%)
16(64.0%)
25
2
76(52.8%)
68(47.2%)
144
3
90(83.3%)
18(16.7%)
108
4
21(91.3%)
2(8.7%)
23
5
17(94.4%)
1(5.6%)
18
6
14(100.0%)
0
14
Total
227 (68.4%)
105(31.6%)
332


A statistical analysis of these numbers shows that a higher percentage of NHS members were admitted to top and second tier schools.  When school class and NHS were entered into an ordinal logistic regression model NHS membership but not graduating year predicted the type of college that students were admitted to.  A higher percentage of NHS membership in a class predicts a higher % in an upper tier college.  In the last two years McCort had a student admitted to the University of Pennsylvania and Cornell respectively.

McCort has admitted students from China.  I counted 10 in the 2017 graduating class based on their name.  Five of these were NHS members which is close to the overall class rate of 46%.  

Things like the SAT are meant to quantify a students raw ability regardless of where they went to school.  College admissions consider a variety of factors in their decision making process. If they believed that NHS membership was not warranted, the upper tier schools would not admit that student.


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