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CA Think Tank College Rank Report

forzagiovanniforzagiovanni - Posts: 27 New Member
edited January 2005 in College Search & Selection
For those interested in rankings, here it is:


Princeton first in The Consus Group's university rankings

LOS ANGELES, California—Princeton University ranked first in The Consus Group's annual survey of undergraduate universities. Harvard and Yale tied for second, with Dartmouth and The University of Chicago completing the top five.

The Consus Group generally analyzes contracts, industries, and companies. Occasionally, however, TCG displays its analytical expertise on other subjects of interest to the business and legal communities. Its university rankings are one of these periodic exercises.

TCG determined the nation's best undergraduate universities using a sophisticated methodology. This approach canvassed numerous factors, including: published rankings, selectivity, placement and salary statistics, and class yields.

Published Rankings: A proxy for prestige, published rankings proved a useful metric for assessing a university's reputation. To eliminate the vagaries of published rankings, The Consus Group incorporated both current and historical ratings from numerous sources.

Selectivity: TCG measured the quality of universities' admitted candidates using SAT scores, high school GPAs, and the percentage of applicants admitted. Typically, the best schools attract many of the best candidates—providing another proxy for prestige.

Placement & Salary: Placement and salary statistics provided objective measures of universities' performance placing their graduates. To reduce annual fluctuations in placement and salary statistics, TCG used current and historical placement and salary statistics.

Yield: Yield measured the percentage of admitted candidates actually matriculating to the admitting university—another indication of a school's appeal.

While many university rankings fluctuate wildly from year to year, TCG's methodology produces a stable, accurate picture of America's best undergraduate universities.

About TCG

Founded by attorneys and management consultants, The Consus Group provides crucial intelligence about contracts, industries, and companies. TCG's research products clarify complicated legal agreements, explain industry structures and relationships, and provide unparalleled competitive intelligence. TCG also provides complementary professional services, including customized contract and industry analyses.

The Consus Group's intelligence products are state-of-the-art. TCG uses a sophisticated infrastructure to amass and process enormous amounts of information from many sources. This information is compiled in massive databases, dissected with powerful statistical tools, and synthesized by experts.
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Replies to: CA Think Tank College Rank Report

  • haonhaon Registered User Posts: 278 Junior Member
    can you post a link to the ranking?
  • CC AdminCC Admin Administrator Posts: 32,448 Senior Member
    i second that notion.
  • hormesis3hormesis3 - Posts: 114 Junior Member
    It's funny since they say their method is stable year to year but the list currently posted on their site shows that the rankings change quite a bit (assuming that the above news release is an updated ranking) (University of Chicago from #48 to #5 in one year?).

    They seem to use a hodgepodge of rankings (including US News, Gorman report which has no established methodology), selectivity (which includes % in top 10% which will boost the UC schools) and yield. Kind of a US News hybrid:


    The Consus Group uses the following methodology to compile its annual college rankings:

    Published Rankings: Published Rankings reflect current and historical ratings by numerous sources, including: U.S. News, Gourman Report, etc. An institution's aggregate published ranking comprises 50% of its overall score.

    Selectivity: Selectivity measures the quality of schools' admitted candidates. Selectivity is based on the percent of applicants admitted, SAT scores, and the percent of admitted applicants in the top 10% of their high school classes. An institution's composite selectivity comprises 45% of its overall score.

    Yield: Yield reflects the percentage of admitted candidates that matriculate to the admitting university. An institution's yield comprises 5% of its overall score.

    While many university rankings fluctuate wildly from year to year, TCG's comprehensive methodology produces a stable, accurate picture of America's best colleges and universities
    http://www.consusgroup.com/news/rankings/colleges/methodology.asp

    Not too impressive of a Think Tank if you ask me.


    A far as rankings (http://www.consusgroup.com/news/rankings/colleges/colleges.asp):


    Rank
    Institution
    Score

    1
    Harvard University
    1.000

    2
    Princeton University
    0.975

    3
    Stanford University
    0.946

    4
    Columbia University
    0.926

    5
    California Institute of Technology
    0.922

    6
    Yale University
    0.913

    7
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    0.877

    8
    Brown University
    0.835

    9
    University of California, Berkeley
    0.806

    10
    University of California, Los Angeles
    0.785

    11
    University of Pennsylvania
    0.784

    12
    Dartmouth College
    0.776

    13
    Rice University
    0.770

    14
    Duke University
    0.755

    15
    Swarthmore College
    0.740

    16
    Amherst College
    0.735

    17
    University of California, San Diego
    0.727

    18
    Williams College
    0.720

    19
    Georgetown University
    0.719

    20
    Cornell University
    0.704

    21
    Northwestern University
    0.700

    22
    Pomona College
    0.695

    23
    U.S. Naval Academy
    0.694

    24
    University of California, Santa Barbara
    0.690

    25
    University of California, Santa Cruz
    0.683

    26*
    University of California, Davis
    0.681

    26*
    Harvey Mudd College
    0.681

    28
    Haverford College
    0.672

    29
    U.S. Military Academy
    0.666

    30
    University of Notre Dame
    0.664

    31
    The Johns Hopkins University
    0.658

    32
    Washington University
    0.656

    33
    University of Virginia
    0.644

    34
    Middlebury College
    0.643

    35
    Bowdoin College
    0.642

    36
    Claremont McKenna College
    0.638

    37
    Washington & Lee University
    0.635

    38
    Davidson College
    0.629

    39
    U.S. Air Force Academy
    0.621

    40
    Tufts University
    0.612

    41
    Barnard College
    0.595

    42
    College of William & Mary
    0.593

    43
    Wesleyan University
    0.591

    44
    Carnegie Mellon
    0.582

    45
    University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
    0.578

    46
    Colgate University
    0.560

    47
    Wellesley College
    0.559

    48
    The University of Chicago
    0.556

    49
    Vassar College
    0.547

    50
    New York University
    0.546

    51
    Colby College
    0.543

    52
    Carleton College
    0.536

    53
    Emory University
    0.531

    54
    University of Southern California
    0.527

    55
    Grinnell College
    0.524

    56
    Case Western Reserve University
    0.522

    57
    Brandeis University
    0.521

    58
    Cooper Union for Advancement of Science and Art
    0.520

    59
    Wake Forest University
    0.519

    60
    Boston College
    0.518

    61
    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    0.517

    62
    Vanderbilt University
    0.505

    63
    Pepperdine University
    0.492

    64
    Bryn Mawr College
    0.488

    65
    Macalester College
    0.485

    * Ties



    Other Distinguished Institutions

    Bard College

    Bates Colleges

    Boston University

    Brigham Young University

    Bucknell University

    College of the Holy Cross

    Connecticut College

    George Washington University

    Hamilton College

    Lehigh University

    Mount Holyoke College

    Oberlin College

    Scripps College

    Smith College

    University of Florida

    University of Rochester

    University of Texas, Austin

    Whitman College
  • hormesis3hormesis3 - Posts: 114 Junior Member
    Ah Ok, the press release is from February 18, 2002 (http://www.consusgroup.com/news/press/2002/pr_2002_02_18.asp). So U of C goes from #5 to #48 in two years. So much for the The Consus Group's statement of "While many university rankings fluctuate wildly from year to year, TCG's methodology produces a stable, accurate picture of America's best undergraduate universities." Incredible!!!

    Forzagiovanni where do you find this stuff?
  • calidancalidan Registered User Posts: 3,176 Senior Member
    I find it hilarious that they put places like UC Santa Barbara and UC santa Cruz above places like Johns Hopkins, UVa, and Chicago.
  • Mr.BMr.B Registered User Posts: 1,914 Senior Member
    School rankings are so limited in what they can evaluate particuarly as it applies to the individual student. There is no best school!
  • carolyncarolyn Registered User Posts: 7,435 Senior Member
    I find it hilarious that they put places like UC Santa Barbara and UC santa Cruz above places like Johns Hopkins, UVa, and Chicago.

    Not to mention Pepperdine right after U of Michigan and Vanderbilt but above Bryn Mawr and Macalester. :)
  • carolyncarolyn Registered User Posts: 7,435 Senior Member
    I seriously think that one of these days I am going to publish my own "rankings" of US colleges/universities. Surely I have just as much insight into the workings of higher education as a bunch of "attorneys and management consultants."
  • calidancalidan Registered User Posts: 3,176 Senior Member
    Do it! That would be so awesome, and I might actually pay attention to them (instead of all of the abritrary ones that are out there). ;)
  • forzagiovanniforzagiovanni - Posts: 27 New Member
    Atlantic Monthly ranks top 10


    1. MIT
    2. Princeton
    3. California Institute of Technology
    4. Yale
    5. Harvard
    6. Stanford
    7. Columbia
    8. University of Pennsylvania
    9. Brown
    10. Swarthmore.
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