In part one of our two-part series, we discussed three significant factors on which schools are graded by the US News and World Report in their annual college rankings. Today, we pick up where we left off, covering each of the three categories that have the least impact on USNWR rankings before tackling the biggest and most problematic factor in their methodology.
Financial Resources: 10 Percent
In this category, USNWR looks at, “average spending per student on instruction, research, student services and related educational expenditures.” With such a broad definition of money spent, it’s hard to figure out how much of that will actually make a direct impact on a given student’s education. Instead of looking at an institution’s research expenditures, ask about opportunities to engage in original research with faculty. Rather than being dazzled by the latest technology, ask deeper questions about the instructor wielding it.