U.S. News and World Report provides an independent measure of quality for colleges and universities in the United States.U.S. News classifies Millsaps College as a National Liberal Arts College. A liberal arts college is broadly defined by U.S. News as one that focuses almost exclusively on undergraduate education and awards at least 50% of its degrees in the arts and sciences.
U.S. News gathers information on 250 national liberal arts colleges and then classifies the top 75% of them as Tier 1. The bottom 25% are classified as Tier 2. U.S. News then ranks the 187 Tier 1 colleges based on a variety of quality measures. In the most recent ranking, Millsaps is ranked #93 out of the 187 Tier 1 national liberal arts colleges. The top five are Williams, Amherst, Swarthmore, Middlebury, and Wellesley. Sewanee is ranked #32, Rhodes #47, Hendrix #81, Birmingham Southern and Millsaps are tied at #93.
I propose that Millsaps set as a goal to improve in these rankings. Let's say we set as a goal to be at least as good as Hendrix (#81) by 2012, and as good as Rhodes (#47) by 2015.
The formula that U.S. News uses to rank the colleges is weighted as follows:
By setting a goal to improve our ranking, the U.S. News formula will provide a blueprint of areas that need to be addressed in order to improve the quality of Millsaps College.
Contact person: Bill Brister
For a PDF of the proposal, click here.
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