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U.S. News Best College Rankings – Talk to Our Consultant


U.S. News Best Colleges Rankings website had 31 million unique visitors and 187 million page views between May 1, 2020 and April 30, 2021. Those numbers demonstrate U.S. News Best Colleges Ranking results have sustained popularity among high school students (particularly high achievers) and their parents during the college search. So, it makes sense for higher education institutions to have an in depth understanding of these influential rankings because of the exposure and marketing potential that success on them provides. And, while there may be critics on your campus, Boards of Trustees pay close attention to U.S. News Best Colleges Rankings, particularly when your rankings drop.

Identifying someone with rankings expertise who has helped colleges and universities understand and improve their rankings would be a good first-step to improving your rankings results. At focusEDU, Gary Lewicki, Consulting Director, is successful with assisting institutions by using an honest, straightforward,  structured approach applied in real time during the college rankings cycle.  His outcomes and deliverables provide a foundation that schools can use on their own in future years. Dr. Lewicki has worked with national and regional universities and colleges, and has helped them make significant immediate and sustained improvement in their U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings.

If you want to learn more, please contact Gary at He will answer any questions you may have regarding the U.S. News Best Colleges ranking metrics and share his approach and ideas with you.

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About the Author:

Gary Lewicki
After serving as an Assistant Vice-President for Enrollment Planning and Management at the University of Connecticut (UConn) for 20+ years Gary joined the higher education consulting team of focusEDU. His primary responsibilities at UConn focused on retention and graduation issues.

He began his career advising undecided majors at UConn, where he earned his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration. He then moved on to conduct research and interact with the state legislature and governor’s office on behalf of the Connecticut Department of Higher Education for a decade before returning to UConn in 1996.

Since joining focusEDU, Gary has been actively assisting the leaders of the higher education community by ensuring understanding and optimization of all elements associated with U.S. News best colleges rankings data submissions.

Gary has presented at numerous conferences sponsored by AACRAO, the College Board, and the Consortium for Student Retention Data Exchange. The Educational Policy Institute awarded UConn the Outstanding Retention Program Award at its RETENTION 2006 national conference. In 2010-11, Gary was awarded Freshman Year Experience Instructor of the Year honors.

Gary resides in Avon, CT and is very proud of his son who recently received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Cambridge University.

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