These flawed ranking systems, like the near-obsession with flawed SAT score, are a reality of life in higher education and, whether we like them or not, they impact our institutions.
Howard U. took action to do what some of those other institutions do - address the data points that the publications use. Fortunately addressing some
of those points (like retention rates, which themselves are often misleading), actually are positive changes for students. Three years ago Howard began a very aggressive effort to improve retention and graduation rates, which were already well above national averages.
Doing so, along with other factors, has paid off in the rankings. However, the more important and lasting result is better outcomes for our students.http://howard.imodules.com/controls/email_marketing/admin/email_marketing_email_viewer.aspx?sid=1724&eiid=613&seiid=366&usearchive=1&puid=b2fc35c9-3855-4dfa-b89d-6943f20df5d7&csid=166667