U-M finds itself at the top of another national rankingthis time for intercollegiate athletics. For the first time U.S. News and World Report created an honor roll of athletics programs at Division I schools. The U-M Department of Intercollegiate Athletics was among the twenty unranked set of schools selected.
It reinforces a survey of our undergraduate student body done two years ago, says William Martin, director of athletics. The students were asked to rank why they came to Michigan and they were given 20 factors to consider. Ranking highest, particularly among out-of-state students, were Michigans strong athletic traditions. They go a long way to attract high quality students.
U.S. News used four criteria for selection: gender equity, win/loss record, number of sports offered and graduation rate. Its new ranking is an effort to go beyond the headlines of the sports pages and examine more broadly the quality of Americas Division I athletic programs.