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Keywords:

  • school rankings;
  • school-evaluation metrics;
  • U.S. News and World Report

Abstract

In this paper we analyze the 2002 U.S. News and World Report rankings of universities offering graduate programs in engineering. We show that a reasonably simple model, whose independent variables are derived from the intuitive causal relationships among the various performance sub-measures, can represent the data. The results can be used to quantify the choice of an efficient policy for improving a school's ranking.