U.S. News & World Report: Georgetown 129th among international institutions
Today, U.S. News and World Report released its 2010 rankings of the World’s Best Colleges and Universities, where it’s ranked Georgetown University 129th among 400 other institutions, tied with the University of Aberdeen in the UK and Ohio State University.
In Art and Humanities, it ranked 75th; in Social Sciences, it ranked 57th; in Life Sciences and Biomedics, it ranked 162nd; and it was not ranked among Engineering and IT or Natural Science universities.
Interestingly, on the international list, Georgetown University is ranked below several schools which it ranks above on U.S. News & World Report’s better-known national Best Colleges list, where Georgetown is 23rd, like New York University and Purdue. The discrepancy must lay in the methodology. The international list doesn’t take retention rates, graduation rates, or admissions selectivity into account (but neither does it weigh financial resources, lucky for us).
Instead, the World list is based on academic peer review (40 percent), employer review (10 percent), student-to-faculty ratios (20 percent), citations per faculty (a measurement of faculty research output—20 percent), and ratio of international faculty (5 percent) and international students (5 percent). Georgetown scored based on responses to the employer survey, with a score of 90 out of 100, but had middling scores in other categories—65 out of 10 on academic peer review, 65 points for its student to faculty ratio, 50 points for citation rate, and 24 out of 100 for international faculty.
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