March 5, 2018

According to usnews.com, their way of efficiently ranking universities relies on a number of variables that represent a certain percentage. These numbers are then added up (to equal any number from 0-100) and are compared to other schools. They are put in order and the schools that have the same number, they are tied and will be put in alphabetical order. The variables that I mentioned before are referred to as “Ranking Model Indicators.” Some examples of these would be graduation and retention rates (22.5), undergraduate academic reputation (22.5%), family resources (20%), student selectivity (12.5%), financial resources (10%), graduation rate performance (7.5%), and alumni giving rate (5%). All of these components that essentially make up a school are used to determine which schools are considered “top-ranked” and those that are “unranked.” Unranked schools are schools that do not meet certain requirements, such as they do not require ACTs or SATs, they are in a Carnegie Classification (meaning they are highly specialized schools), they enroll a large number of untraditional students, there were not enough assessment surveys completed about them, or they had 200 or fewer undergraduate and graduate students. What stood out to me the most was that there was no demographic that included diversity or some sort of racial statistic that was included to this assessment of schools. I know that some people really take under consideration the demographics of the student population. The demographics of a school can really sway whether a student would like to go there or not. I am not sure if it should be included when determining the ranks of a school, but it was just something that I wanted to point out.

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