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'Best Colleges' List Released Amid Criticism

Education: Magazine's rankings called 'silly' and 'highly questionable.' Researchers defend their findings and criteria.

September 07, 2001|REBECCA TROUNSON and JEFF GOTTLIEB | TIMES EDUCATION WRITERS

Ehrenberg also said he found evidence that colleges manipulate the data they report to U.S. News.

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Top-Ranked Colleges

U.S. News & World Report uses its own formula to rate more than 1,400 four-year institutions. The magazine sorts schools into several categories. The scoring system produces ties.

FOR THE RECORD
Los Angeles Times Saturday September 8, 2001 Home Edition Part A Part A Page 2 A2 Desk 2 inches; 36 words Type of Material: Correction
College rankings--A chart that accompanied an article Friday on annual college rankings by U.S. News & World Report should have included UC Santa Barbara in a list of the year's best public national universities. UCSB ranked 15th, according to the magazine.

Best Public and Private National Universities, 2002

1. Princeton University

2. Harvard University

Yale University

4. Caltech

5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Stanford University

University of Pa.

8. Duke University

9. Columbia University

Dartmouth College

University of Chicago

*

20. UC Berkeley

26. UCLA

31. UC San Diego

34. USC

41. UC Davis

UC Irvine

*

Best Public National Universities, 2002

1. UC Berkeley

2. University of Virginia

3. University of Michigan-

Ann Arbor

4. UCLA

5. University of North

Carolina-Chapel Hill

6. College of William and Mary

7. UC San Diego

8. University of Wisconsin-Madison

9. University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign

10. Georgia Institute of Technology

UC Davis

UC Irvine

28. UC Riverside

UC Santa Cruz

Source: U.S. News & World Report

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