Rankings of universities in the United States - Rankings - U.S. News & World Report College and University rankings

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Structured data parsed from Wikipedia. U.S. News & World Report College and University rankings U.S. News & World Report This section should include only a brief summary of U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Ranking. brief (August 2017) (August 2017) August 2017 The magazine U.S. News & World Report's rankings are based upon information they collect from educational institutions via an annual survey and school websites. It also considers opinion surveys of university faculty and administrators outside the school. Their college rankings were first published in 1983 and have been published in all years thereafter, except 1984. The US News listings have gained such influence that some Universities have made it a specific goal to reach a particular level in the US News rankings. Belmont University president Bob Fisher stated in 2010, 'Rising to the Top 5 in U.S. News represents a key element of Belmont's Vision 2015 plan.' Clemson University made it a public goal to rise to the Top 20 in the US News rankings, and made specific changes, including reducing class size and altering the presentation of teacher salaries, so as to perform better in the statistical analysis by US News. At least one university, Arizona State, has actually tied the university president's pay to an increase in the school's placement in the US News rankings. The following are elements in the 2017 U.S. News rankings of national universities and liberal arts colleges. U.S. News determined the relative weights of these factors and changed them over time. The National Opinion Research Center reviewed the methodology and stated that the weights 'lack any defensible empirical or theoretical basis'. The first four of the listed factors account for the great majority of the U.S. News ranking (80%, according to U.S. News's 2005 methodology), and the 'reputational measure' (which surveys high level administrators at similar institutions about their perceived quality ranking of each college and university) is especially important to the final ranking (accounting by itself for 25% of the ranking according to the 2005 methodology). U.S. News U.S. News U.S. News's A New York Times article reported that, given the U.S. News weighting methodology, 'it's easy to guess who's going to end up on top: the Big Three, Harvard, Yale and Princeton round out the first three essentially every year. When asked how he knew his system was sound, Mel Elfin, the rankings' founder, often answered that he knew it because those three schools always landed on top. When a new lead statistician, Amy Graham, changed the formula in 1999 to one she considered more statistically valid, the California Institute of Technology jumped to first place. Ms. Graham soon left, and a modified system pushed Princeton back to No. 1 the next year.' New York Times U.S. News A 2010 study by the University of Michigan found that university rankings in the United States significantly affect institutions' applications and admissions.The research analyzed the effects of the U.S. News & World Report rankings, showing a lasting effect on college applications and admissions by students in the top 10% of their class. In addition, they found that rankings influence survey assessments of reputation by college presidents at peer institutions, such that rankings and reputation are becoming much more similar over time. A 2014 study published in Research in Higher Education removed the mystique of the U.S. News ranking process by producing a ranking model that faithfully recreated U.S. News outcomes and quantified the inherent 'noise' in the rankings for all nationally ranked universities. The model developed provided detailed insight into the U.S. News ranking process. It allowed the impact of changes to U.S. News subfactors to be studied when variation between universities and within subfactors was present. Numerous simulations were run using this model to understand the amount of change required for a university to improve its rank or move into the top 20. Results show that for a university ranked in the mid 30s it would take a significant amount of additional resources, directed in a very focused way, to become a top ranked national university, and that rank changes of up to +/ 4 points should be considered 'noise'. Research in Higher Education U.S. News U.S. News U.S. News U.S. News

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