Larry George raises an interesting point.

A bit off topic, but I had a Wellesley parent complain rather bitterly to me about how “totally unfair” it was that Wellesley had to compete against the Williams women in one of the spring sports (”Why don’t you all skip this playground and just go compete in Division 1? You don’t belong here.” She was a little embarrassed when I pointed out that I figured Wellesley’s team was drawn from a pool of about three times as many female students as Williams has (and that the Williams team had an extremely high average GPA so it wasn’t as though Williams had compromised its academic admissions standards in recruiting the team).

Don’t be so sure. How can Larry (or the Wellesley mom) know whether or not Williams has “compromised its academic admissions standards?” Although we have plenty of evidence that Morty has raised the academic standards for Williams athletes over the last 5 years, it is hard for an outsider, like the Wellesley mom to be certain. Moreover, none of us can know what the currents standards are.

But this is a solvable problem! Williams could make public the average college GPA (and SAT scores) of its sports teams, both raw and weighted by playing time. Williams would do this unilaterally, but with an eye toward making this a NESCAC standard. Since the data would be for last year’s teams, you would have some disconnect between the numbers and the Ephs on the field this year. No data for any individual student would be released, only team averages.

Williams could begin by doing this unilaterally, and then seek to make it a NESCAC standard. Other than the costs of making the calculations, what is the downside?

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