The newest entry in the American college ranking world is international in scope, pairing the Wall Street Journal and the London-based Times Higher Education (THE) magazine. While THE has been known for its global ranking of universities, this is its first foray into ranking American colleges and universities specifically.
Using a methodology “designed to put graduate success and student learning at its heart,” the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education (WSJ/THE) College Ranking focuses on four key areas—resources, engagement, outcomes and environment—that are divided across 15 performance indicators.
Once all the numbers were crunched, Centre College emerged as #50 in the nation among all liberal arts colleges and #6 in the South. Centre also earned the top spot in Kentucky at #1 among all colleges and universities.
Because the ranking as a whole also looks at institutions worldwide, the WSJ/THE analytics indicate that Centre exceeds the 75th percentile in two of the four key areas, resources and outcomes, when compared to colleges and institutions across the globe.
Among the 15 performance indicators, Centre excelled in three areas with scores at 90 or above. The “finance per student” performance indicator (94.9 out of 100) is adjusted for regional price differences based on U.S. Commerce Department data. “Student interaction” (90.2) focuses on levels of student-faculty interaction and opportunities for collaborative learning. And the “graduation rate” (91.1) reflects Centre’s high percentages that far exceed national averages.
Data for the U.S. ranking was drawn from numerous sources, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), the federal government College Scorecard system, U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis statistics and student surveys.
On the larger overall list, Centre is ranked #29 in the South and #147 in the nation among all colleges and universities.
Complete information can be found here.
NOTE: Revised on Jan. 12, 2017 from an earlier version.
by Michael Strysick
September 29, 2016