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ERIC Number: ED439664
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 6
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Transitions between Tiers in "U.S. News and World Report" Rankings of Nationally-Ranked Liberal Arts Colleges.
Ridley, Dennis R.; Berina, E. Charmaine
This study examines rankings of four-year liberal arts colleges by "U.S. News and World Report," focusing on whether institutional improvement efforts are likely to result in higher rankings. The paper explores how often changes in rankings occur; whether they tend to improve; and whether positive movements are as likely as negative ones. The study examined the 162 ranked colleges and their tier assignments to identify cross-tier movements over four time periods (1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000). Year-to-year comparisons showed no statistically significant change, and the study concludes that once included among the "best liberal arts colleges," an institution is likely to stay there. Over the study period, 104 institutions showed no movement at all; what movement there was is characterized as "zero sum," with the upward movement of some balanced by the downward movement of others. The paper concludes with two caveats: First, that it is important for institutions to determine their approximate rank and to decide whether any efforts to improve are likely to prove fruitful; and second, in the absence of ratings, would institutions continue to expend the same amount of effort on institutional improvement. (CH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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