It is designed to answer the questions that matter most to students and their families: How likely am I to graduate, pay off my loans and get a good job? Does the college have plenty of resources to teach me properly? Will I be engaged and stretched in the classroom and get good access to my teachers? Is there a diverse campus community?
The University of Pennsylvania climbs six places to fourth, overtaking the California Institute of Technology, which remains steady in fifth place, tied with Princeton. Brown, Stanford, Cornell and Duke universities round out the top 10.
The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings give students and their families the information that they need to help them choose where to study. Uniquely, it has at its heart the voices of about 200,000 current college students, collected through Times Higher Education’s annual US Student Survey.
The University of California, Los Angeles is still the top public university, holding on to 25th place.
College rankings use a variety of indicators of educational quality; many are proxies with disputed validity.
The article summarizes literature on college and university rankings worldwide and the strategies used by various ranking organizations, including those of government and popular media. It traces the history of national and global rankings, indicators used by ranking systems, and the effect of rankings on academic programs and their institutions. Although ranking systems employ diverse criteria and most weight certain indicators over others, there is considerable skepticism that most actually measure educational quality. At the same time, students and their families increasingly consult these evaluations when making college decisions, and sponsors of faculty research consider reputation when forming academic partnerships. While there are serious concerns regarding the validity of ranking institutions when so little data can support differences between one institution and another, college rankings appear to be here to stay.
Minnesota – 2 (University of Minnesota Twin Cities (above), University of Saint Thomas)
Missouri – 6 (Washington University in St. Louis, University of Missouri Columbia, Missouri University of Science and Technology, St. Louis University, University of Missouri Kansas City, Truman State University)
Monroe College has a long history of proven programs that increase college access, affordability, and attainment for first-generation and other students who are often under-served and under-represented on college campuses across the country.
We are proud to be recognized for our strong outcomes, especially for low-income students from New York City. Our bachelor’s degree graduation rate is among the highest in the country for students receiving Pell (1), and our Presidential Partnership Program is among the most effective programs in New York State for low-income students and undocumented students (2).