ERIC Number: ED457817
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
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Transitions between Tiers in U.S. News and World Report Rankings of Colleges and Universities.
Ridley, Dennis R.; Cuevas, Nuria M.; Matveev, Alexei G.
This study investigated whether changes occur frequently in the ratings of colleges by "U.S. News and World Report." The annual rankings of colleges receive considerable publicity and are taken quite seriously by the media and the public. The three lowest tiers of colleges are not ranked. The study was intended to determine how much movement occurs in those ratings, whether rising or falling. Ratings for 6 years (1996 through 2001) were studied for 162 nationally ranked 4-year liberal arts colleges, and the study was replicated with colleges from Southern Region that offered master's level programs. At the national level, change occurred in 14% of the opportunities, so that most of the year-to-year comparisons showed no change. There were very few institutions that appeared less than six times in the rankings. At the regional level, change occurred in 19% of the opportunities. In general, there was sufficient stability within the rankings to make one take a skeptical view of efforts to improve an institution's rankings. At the same time, the findings bode well for those institutions that are satisfied with their rankings. (Contains 9 figures and 13 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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