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U.S. News U-grad business rankings subjective

DunkarooDunkaroo Registered User Posts: 1,368 Senior Member
edited December 2004 in College Search & Selection
I noticed the U.S. News Undergrad Business Rankings are not compiled the same way the national rankings or some of the other rankings are.

Instead of having a breakdown of the stats and different criteria U.S. News simply send out a survey to the Deans of all the schools in consideration. The rank is compiled based on how familiar or how all the Deans view the business programs of all the other schools.

I understand some schools are better then others but isn't that method flawed?
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Replies to: U.S. News U-grad business rankings subjective

  • liek0806liek0806 Registered User Posts: 3,316 Senior Member
    It sounds like it would be, some people are bias.
  • GoBlue81GoBlue81 Registered User Posts: 3,936 Senior Member
    There are not many better options, even if you can compile the necessary data. You can't use selectivity as some schools admit freshman, some admit only juniors, and others somewhere in between.

    It's kinda a beauty contest...but it is more credible than the peer assessment of the overall university ranking. At least the Deans should be more knowledgeable of the business programs among its peers. You may notice that the pecking order is somewhat different in the UG and grad ranking (for schools with both UG/Grad business programs)...so hopefully there are some considerations for the undergrad environment when the survey is compiled.

    USNWR uses similar method to compile the UG Engineering ranking and the grad departmental ranking.

    If you look closer, there are inconsistencies in the USNWR business ranking that are inherent to this kinda ranking. For example, WUSTL's undergrad business is ranked #11 overall while none of its individual departments (e.g., accounting) is ranked in the top 20.

    Happy New Year to y'all.
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