Anway to predict trends in college rankings?

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By Enarang (Enarang) on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 09:38 pm: Edit

Is there a way to predict trends in the college rankings. I know for business its pretty weird. A school can go down ten spots in three years and then jump back 15 spots within the next three. Is there a way to predict what will happen to the school's rank based on admissions criteria such as increase in average SAT score, decrease in acceptance percentage, increase in number of applicants etc... This holds true for all schools (mostly as time goes on admissions process gets tougher). Would an increase in sat score, gpa, decrease in acceptance percentage and increase in applicants etc... suggest a higher ranking in the future?

By Flopsy (Flopsy) on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 09:52 pm: Edit

It is impossible to predict trends in college rankings because US News changes its ranking criteria every year.

By Scubasteve (Scubasteve) on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 09:53 pm: Edit

no not unless it is significant... typically every college increases sat score, gpa and # of apps as well as decreases acceptance percentage

Each class is more and more qualified.. if a school did not follow that trend then theroetically they would be affected negatively by the rankings

Things that help predict trends in rankings are
1. campus improvements- positive construction (new buildings and such)
2. abnormal increase in statistics
3. unexpected donatations, raised endowment
4. better professors brought in from top schools
5. celebs attending the school
6. unexpected press

thats all i can think of right now

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