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Understanding the Changes Made to U.S. News’ 2020 College Rankings

U.S. News responds to critics by changing its ranking criteria for evaluating schools.

Recently, U.S. News & World Report released its college rankings for 2020.  This new ranking included a number of changes in how the schools were assessed.  But what were these changes, and why were they significant?  Here’s what you need to know about U.S. News changing its ranking criteria for evaluating schools.

In response to criticism, U.S. News dropped acceptance rates as a measure for their annual college and university ranking.  Additionally, the outlet has added social mobility indicators to their evaluation criteria.  However, the 2020 ranking is still likely to receive criticism as the same Ivy Leagues (Princeton, Harvard, and Columbia) once again claimed the top spots

In the past, college rankings have been criticized for failing to reward schools that offered social mobility and enrolled a higher percentage of underrepresented students.  Additionally, many scandals have affected the credibility of college rankings.  For instance, some schools have been kicked off for providing incorrect information.  The recent admissions scandals where wealthy parents paid to have their children enrolled at top universities, has also affected the integrity of the institutions that routinely top college rankings.

However, higher education experts contend that college applicants still consider rankings when making their decisions.   Many students and their families strive for acceptance to top-ranked schools as a measure of prestige.  In fact, a 2014 study showed that schools making it into the top 25 of rankings resulted in a 4% increase in applications.  So, despite criticism, college rankings will likely continue to play a major role in student admission decisions.

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