ERIC Number: EJ874514
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
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"U.S. News & World Report" College Rankings: Modeling Institutional Effects on Organizational Reputation
Bastedo, Michael N.; Bowman, Nicholas A.
American Journal of Education, v116 n2 p163-184 Feb 2010
Processes of certification and evaluation are some of the most powerful institutional forces in organizational fields, and in the higher education field, rankings are a primary factor in assessing organizational performance. This article explores the institutional effects of the "U.S. News & World Report" undergraduate rankings on the reputational assessments made by senior administrators at peer universities and liberal arts colleges. In the estimation of structural equation models, we found that published college rankings have a significant impact on future peer assessments, independent of changes in organizational quality and performance and even of prior peer assessments of reputation.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Structural Equation Models, Reputation, Liberal Arts, Universities, Peer Evaluation, Evaluation Criteria, Institutional Evaluation, Organizational Effectiveness, Undergraduate Study, Administrator Attitudes, Mass Media Role
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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