US News Downgrades Columbia University in 2022 Best Colleges Ranking | Morse code: in college rankings

US News & World Report downgraded Columbia University from a number of rankings in the 2022 edition of Best Colleges (first published September 2021) after Columbia failed to respond to multiple requests from US News asking the university to justify certain data it had previously submitted to US News.

After becoming aware of Columbia’s submission issues, U.S. Chief Data Strategist Robert Morse first contacted Columbia in March 2022 to ask Columbia for corroborating data reported in its U.S. statistical surveys. News 2021 on its number of full-time and part-time teaching faculty, number of full-time faculty with terminal degrees, student-faculty ratio, data on undergraduate class sizes and data on education expenses for the 2022 ranking of the best colleges. To date, Columbia has been unable to provide satisfactory responses to the information requested by US News. Therefore, today US News moved the university to be “unranked” in National Universities, meaning it no longer has a numerical ranking in National Universities 2022, schools top performers in 2022 and the best schools for social mobility in 2022, as these rankings used data from the university’s statistical surveys.

Columbia will remain ranked in the 2022 Undergraduate Teaching, 2022 Most Innovative Schools, 2022 Writing in the Disciplines, 2022 First-Year Experience, 2022 Undergraduate Engineering, and 2022 Undergraduate Computer Science rankings, as these rankings are based entirely on the ratings of senior academics. other universities. and departments and did not incorporate data reported by Columbia. Similarly, Columbia’s graduate schools and programs remain classified because the institution reported data about them through separate processes.

US News is committed to providing quality information about institutions across the country and relies on schools to accurately report their data so that prospective students and their families can make informed decisions throughout their search. university. Where schools do not report their data accurately, US News will review the matter on a case-by-case basis to determine appropriate corrective action.

As US News editor and chief content officer Kim Castro noted last week when US News learned that Columbia admitted it was unable to meet US News data standards. for the Best Colleges Rankings 2023 (expected release in September 2022), we continue to be concerned. and review various options to ensure our rankings continue to maintain the highest levels of integrity.

The Unrated status was noted on Columbia’s profile page at usnews.com. Additionally, for the benefit of prospective students, US News has removed the data in question from the school’s profile pages and the US News College Compass tool.

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