A New Way to Rank Colleges

The Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP) is challenging the rankings of colleges and universities done by U.S. News and World Report, among others.

Charging that the conventional rating systems measure inputs rather than outputs the CCAP is seeking to evaluate higher education institutions not on criteria such as admissions selectivity and student-faculty ratios, but rather student accomplishments after graduation. CCAP argues that the current emphasis on “inputs” is akin to evaluating a chief based on the ingredients, not the meal.

The CCAP report does some slight reshuffling of the top schools on the USNWR list, but provides much more dramatic changes down the list. For instance, in the CCAP report, SUNY Binghamton ranks 57, up from the USNWR ranking of 82.

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