Consolidate Your Various U.S. News College Rankings and Improve Your Performance

U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges rankings came out almost six months ago and new data for this coming year’s rankings are due to be submitted in a few months. Their Online Program rankings were made public in January and Graduate School Rankings will be released later this month.

Ask yourself how prepared you are to answer any or all of the following questions from your Board of Trustees:

  • Can we prepare an informative, strategic annual report addressing how we doing vs. our primary competitors and peer group on these rankings?
  • On which measures are we strong, and where do we need to improve?
  • What are our year-to-year trends?
  • Can you explain the methodologies used in all of these rankings?
  • Do you have a structured approach to compile, submit and track data?
  • Do we have rankings goals and strategies that foster recruitment and the student experience?

All of these questions are valid and relate to each of these U.S. News college rankings: undergraduate, graduate and online programs.

Our rankings consultant at focusEDU has extensive experience in helping schools improve their rankings through an approach that ensures accurate reporting and compliance with U. S. News guidelines and rankings success.

Many schools don’t have the time to understand U. S. News methodology. This requires conducting in-depth calculations on many metrics that require more than simple reporting. We do. We keep current with U.S. News’ frequent adjustments to their formula and changes in Carnegie Classifications.

Contact our College Rankings Consultant, Dr. Gary Lewicki at (860) 214-3740 or email him at glewicki@focusedunow.com today. He will answer questions you may have and looks forward to discussing different ways we can help you with this year’s rankings and establishing a structure to implement for future improvements for your college rankings.

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About the Author:

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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