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So, how did Caltech come out on top? Well, one variable in a school's ranking has long been educational expenditures per student, and Caltech has traditionally been tops in this category. But until this year, U.S. News considered only a school's ranking in this category--first, second, etc.--rather than how much it spent relative to other schools. It didn't matter whether Caltech beat Harvard by $1 or by $100,000. Two other schools that rose in their rankings this year were MIT (from fourth to third) and Johns Hopkins (from 14th to seventh). All three have high per-student expenditures and all three are especially strong in the hard sciences. Universities are allowed to count their research budgets in their per-student expenditures, though students get no direct benefit from costly research their professors are doing outside of class.
So, Morse was given back his job as director of data research, and the formula was juiced to put HYP back on top. According to the magazine: "[W]e adjusted each school's research spending according to the ratio of its undergraduates to graduate students ... [and] we applied a logarithmic adjuster to all spending values."
When accounting for the number of students and faculty at this university, improving these two subfactors alone would require a sustained increase of over $112,000,000 per year to be allocated. Other required changes, such as decreasing class sizes, increasing graduation rates, or attracting a greater number of highly qualified students (as defined by SAT scores and class standing), would add to the expense of pursuing a ranking change. The totality of these changes and the anticipated expenses are very substantial for any university ranked at this level and point to how challenging it would be for a university in the mid 30's to move up 15 points into the top 20......
This research shows that meaningful rank changes for top universities are difficult and would occur only after long-range and extraordinarily expensive changes, not through small adjustments.