Report: Baylor exceeds limits on calls, texts

Baylor instituted a series of self-imposed penalties.

Less than a week after its women’s basketball team won the national championship, Baylor said April 9 it has been involved in a three-year investigation with the NCAA into what are believed to be hundreds of impermissible phone calls and text messages sent by coaches to young prospects.

The school did not describe any details of the investigation, including which sports were involved, but the announcement came a few hours after ESPN.com reported that coaches for both the men’s and women’s basketball programs had made more than 1,200 calls and text messages to prospects over a 29-month span dating to 2008. ESPN.com cited an NCAA report it had obtained.

The NCAA may dole out harsher punishment that what is listed in the report, which details a number of self-imposed penalties including barring women’s coach Kim Mulkey from recruiting off campus in July and fewer scholarships for both programs.…Read More

As colleges obsess over rankings, students shrug

The main factors in students' school choices might surprise some in higher education.

When US News & World Report debuted its list of “America’s Best Colleges” nearly 30 years ago, the magazine hoped its college rankings would be a game-changer for students and families. But arguably, they’ve had a much bigger effect on colleges themselves.

Yes, students and families still buy the guide and its less famous competitors by the hundreds of thousands, and still care about a college’s reputation. But it isn’t students who obsess over every incremental shift on the rankings scoreboard, and who regularly embarrass themselves in the process. It’s colleges.

It’s colleges that have spent billions on financial aid for high-scoring students who don’t actually need the money, motivated at least partly by the quest for rankings glory.…Read More