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The Academic Rankings that the Conferences are Using

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  1. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) is the one the Big 10 and others are using to evaluate potential members.

    Here's the top of the Big 12:

    1. University of Colorado (#34)
    2. University of Texas (#38)
    3. Texas A&M University (#88)

    Lots of surprises on the list, actually. Especially with how bad the Big 12 is. I couldn't even find a couple within the top 500.
     
  2. MrFrumpylane

    MrFrumpylane Well-Known Member

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    Noice! The United States have 8 universities within top 10 and 17 within top 20.

    U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!
     
  3. Idot Buff

    Idot Buff Club Member Club Member

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    Very interesting. Thanks. I will show this to all of my UT and Aggie friends.
     
  4. Mick Ronson

    Mick Ronson Well-Known Member

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    ARWU is pretty heavily biased (in a weighting sense, not political) towards scientific research with international objectives and publications. it's used a lot for some things but not considered "comprehensive" (in academic circles).

    that bias benefits CU with aerospace, Nobel winners, DoD contracts etc. not really a measure of day to day student experience or even professors/researchers the average student would ever even see**, just fyi.

    ARWU ranks areas of specialty:

    mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science, and econ/business.

    works good for us.

    edit**: my point is that these are basically private sector employees in all but the name.
     
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  5. Sportsfan101

    Sportsfan101 Active Member

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    I'm going to need a source there, Nik. I think they're using the AAU rankings, which are different.
     
  6. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    Admin on the Rivals site was told this by someone close to the situation.
     
  7. cnbuff410

    cnbuff410 Club Member Club Member

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    ARWU is released by a university in my country(China). Chinese students are more familiar with all the ranking related stuff because this is the most critical factor considered by us to choose school.

    Compared with another famous ranking list from US News & World Report, ARWU is more research oriented, and focus more on science. frankly speaking, in terms of the comprehensive academic level, Texas is better than CU especially in engineering, and TAMU is on par with CU: TAMU is better in engineering while CU is better in fundamental science research

    BTW: there is no public AAU ranking I think. And some(at lease 10) AAU schools just suck, like Nebraska and ISU. So it really has little reference value
     
  8. Clean Undies

    Clean Undies Flagship of the 12-Pac Club Member

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    I can still claim that ranking if my degree is from the school of arts and parties, right?
     
  9. cnbuff410

    cnbuff410 Club Member Club Member

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    Exactly:)
     
  10. UrbanaBuff

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    We're ahead of North Carolina, Vanderbilt and USC?? I'll take it...
     
  11. SINKRATZ

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    Cal ahead of Princeton and Yale.
    UC San Diego ahead of Penn and Johns Hopkins...:wtf:
     
  12. Liver

    Liver modded mod Club Member Junta Member

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    everyone gets a juicebox and a trophy! we are all winners in my book. now, let's head down to pizza hut for pepperoni slices and cokes! yay!
     
  13. cnbuff410

    cnbuff410 Club Member Club Member

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    If just talking about graduate level academic, yes, we are better than Vanderbilt, on par with North Carolina but actually behind USC for sure.
     
  14. cnbuff410

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    UCSD is a rising star in research field. I wouldn't be surprised if they surpass JH and Penn

    Again, ARWU is more research oriented
     

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