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ERIC Number: EJ1090665
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Feb
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0195-6744
Do College Rankings Matter? Examining the Influence of "America's Best Black Colleges" on HBCU Undergraduate Admissions
Jones, Willis A.
American Journal of Education, v122 n2 p247-265 Feb 2016
College rankings have become a ubiquitous part of American higher education. As the popularity of rankings has increased, so have the number of research studies attempting to better understand the impact rankings have on college/university admissions outcomes. In the past, these studies have focused almost exclusively on elite national universities and liberal arts colleges. This study broadens research in this area by examining how the introduction of "U.S. News and World Report's" "America's Best Black Colleges" section influenced undergraduate admissions among historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). The findings suggest that college rankings have little correlation with admissions outcomes at HBCUs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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