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Institute for Higher Education Policy’s Ranking Systems Clearinghouse
(Electronic Resource) Educational attainment data derived from credentials awarded and an occasional test doesn’t tell us very much about what has been learned, about what specific knowledge and skills that are coming into the labor market and community life—whether in individual countries, regions, or entire continents. Without an assessment of that content and the quality of delivery systems, we are left with imprecise proxy measures, such as graduation rates— that tell us little about higher education’s contribution to both economic and social life and individual advancement. The Measuring Global Performance Initiative project works to unravel what is largely a mysterious, abstract discussion to the U.S. policy audience and makes it concrete by exploring two key areas of interest: what U.S. higher education can learn from the reconstruction of European higher education begin carried out under and potential ways to construct more enlightening international comparative indicators of participation, pathways, and attainment in higher education. IHEP’s Ranking Systems Clearinghouse provides a road map of the rankings landscape, offering annotated links to national and international rankings systems and research about rankings world-wide. It’s an outgrowth of ongoing international efforts by IHEP, UNESCO--European Centre for Higher Education (UNESCOCEPES), and the International Rankings Expert Group (IREG) to make rankings transparent and applicable for current higher education dialogue and for all engaged in this work in this work to learn from each other’s experience.

America's Best Colleges / U.S. News & World Report
Career Collection (non-circulating), 1st floor: LB2331.63 .A46 An abbreviated version is available at: This annual provides college and university rankings categorized both by region in the United States and by factors such as diversity, specialty schools/programs (National Universities, Liberal Arts Colleges, Regional Schools and Top Public Schools). State-by-state results are ranked separately.

America's Best Graduate Schools / U.S. News & World Report
Career Collection (non-circulating), 1st floor: LB 2371.4 .A44x An abbreviated version is available at: This annual provides rankings categorized by subject area--Business, Law, Medicine & Health, Education, Engineering, Library Science, and Ph.D.s. Included is a directory of over 1000 graduate programs by subject and state, methodology of their rankings and an index. In business, education, engineering, law, and medicine you can compare attributes such as acceptance rate, test scores of entering students, and student body demographics using a directory of approximately 1,000 programs. Published every 3-4 years.

The Best 351 Colleges / Princeton Review
Career Collection (non-circulating), 1st floor: L901 .F73 2004x This publication by the Princeton Review staff narrows its selection down to the top 10% of all colleges in the nation, based on the opinions of students who attend them. Approximately 60 categories of rankings are given, according to various criteria (for example, how accessible faculty members are).

Educational Rankings Annual / Gale Research
Career Collection (non-circulating), 1st floor: LB2331.63 E34 (current edition) th LC Books, Morris Library, 5 floor: LB2331.63 E34 (older editions) Educational Rankings Annual is a selective reference source that covers primary, secondary, and preparatory schools; junior colleges; school districts; colleges and universities; departments, disciplines, and 12/08 Morris Library, Southern Illinois University

programs; college guides; financial aid; test scores; and admission rates. It began as an effort to organize and consolidate rankings that appear in newspapers, magazines, books, college guides, scholarly journals, and government publications. The criteria used for these rankings address multiple perspectives from which one might want information to judge an institution's educational quality reputation, admissions selectivity, alumni achievement, test scores, tuition rates, faculty publications and salaries, as well as other topics regarding the potential quality of education. Includes source information, the number of entries in the ranking, and brief criteria used for rankings. Over 3,600 institutions are ranked and listed. The index includes subject terms as well as institutions being ranked.

National Doctoral Program Survey, 2000. This site contains the results of the 2000 National Doctoral Program Survey collected by the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students. It is based upon best practices in doctoral education, as recommended by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Research Council, and the Association of American Universities, among others. Rankings of programs are based on the findings and include the fields of Education, Engineering, Humanities, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Professional Programs, Social Sciences. Each field is further divided into more specific programs.

Research-doctorate Programs in the United States: Continuity and Change / National Research Council Committee for the Study of Research-Doctorate Programs in the U.S.
Career Collection (non-circulating), 1st floor: Q180 .N334 1995 This publication, considered the gold standard for rating American graduate programs, is a comprehensive study of the research doctorate programs in selected fields, containing descriptive statistics of research-doctorate programs and views of faculty peers relative to program quality. It uses both objective facts, such as the number of students and professors in a particular program and the number of doctorates granted, and faculty peers' subjective views of the quality of the programs. It is used by graduate students looking for the right institution to study, grant agencies seeking to determine who should get money, and faculty members wanting to know how their programs rate. Approximately 3,600 programs at over 270 institutions in 41 fields of study are covered. Statistical information on the program is given, as well as a relative ranking of the schools in the field for the programs included. An index to the fields of study covered appears in the back.

The Top American Research Universities
LC Books, Morris Library, 5 Floor: LB2331.63 .T67 2006. Also available at: This report identifies the top public and private research universities in the United States based upon nine quality measures. Universities are clustered and ranked according to total and federal research funding, endowment assets, annual giving, National Academy membership, prestigious faculty awards, doctorates awarded, postdoctoral appointees, and SAT scores of entering freshmen. Also available are lists of the top 200 public and private universities on each quality measure. The site includes other reports and resources on measuring university performance. The report and web-based data are updated annually in mid-summer.

Other Resources:
Descriptions (not rankings) of colleges and universities are also located in the Career Collection, Morris Library, st 1 floor. Some titles include:
College Blue Book Two-year Colleges/Peterson’s Four-year Colleges/Peterson’s Study Abroad / Peterson’s Gourman Report Fiske Guide to Colleges Graduate Medical Education Directory Graduate Programs in… / Peterson’s College Handbook / The College Board ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools International Handbook of Universities A Guide to College Programs in Teacher Prep. Handbook of Historically Black Colleges & …

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