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Study: University Rankings Influence Number and Competitiveness of Applicants

Study: University Rankings Influence Number and Competitiveness of Applicants

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“Study: University Rankings Influence Number and Competitiveness of Applicants
Source: American Educational Research Association

How universities fare on reputational quality-of-life and academic rankings – such as those published by the Princeton Review or U.S. News & World Report – can have a measurable effect on the number of applications they – and their competitors – receive and on the academic competitiveness of the resulting freshman class, according to a new study.

The study, “True for Your School? How Changing Reputations Alter Demand for Selective U.S. Colleges,” by Randall Reback, associate professor at Barnard College of Columbia University, and Molly Alter, a research analyst for the Research Alliance for New York City Schools at New York University, will be published online this month in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis (EEPA), a peer-reviewed journal of the American Educational Research Association.

Reback and Alter studied the importance of quality of life and academic reputations by examining the often-criticized college rankings in the Princeton Review’s Best Colleges guidebooks and in U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges series, along with comprehensive college-level data from the National Center for Education Statistics’ Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.

“There is strong evidence that changes in colleges’ quality-of-life and academic reputations affect both the number of applications that colleges receive and the characteristics of their next incoming classes of students,” said Reback. “It raises important questions about the large role these arbitrary rankings can play in the college selection process.””

Stephen

Posted on: February 9, 2014, 6:43 am Category: Uncategorized

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