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January 20, 2014 at 5:00 AM

Do college rankings really matter? Yes — in some surprising ways

Whether you’re a fan of them or not, the college rankings published by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review have some impact.

Recently, researchers from New York set out to determine how much — and in which ways.

Some of their findings surprised them —  and may also surprise parents and students who use the guidebooks.


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December 23, 2013 at 5:00 AM

WWU top-ranked for efficiency and quality

WWU campus (Photo by Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times 2011)

WWU campus (Photo by Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times 2011)

The latest take on college rankings from U.S. News & World Report makes Western Washington University a state standout.

The new ranking attempts to find schools that “were able to produce the highest educational quality, as determined by their place in the 2014 Best Colleges rankings, but spend relatively less on educational programs to achieve that quality,” according to Robert Morse, the magazine’s director of data research.

The magazine came up with the ranking by taking each school’s 2012 fiscal year financial resources, and dividing it by the school’s overall U.S. News Best Colleges score. The Best Colleges score is derived through a formula U.S. News created that is based on academic quality and the magazine’s own view of what matters in education. The Best Colleges rankings have long been controversial precisely because, some critics saythey reward schools that raise prices and shut out all but the most privileged applicants. 

As for the efficiency and quality ranking, “This calculation reveals how much each school is spending to achieve one point in the overall score and its position in the rankings,” Morse wrote.

According to U.S. News, Western spends $211.86 per student for each point on the U.S. News overall score. 


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