May 14, 2008

SMU No. 13 in latest university rankings

Forbes Magazine's May 19 edition features the Center for College Affordability & Productivity (CCAP) rankings. Among national universities, SMU ranks 13th, ahead of such schools as Duke, MIT and Rice. CCAP uses several factors in determining its rankings that include student evaluations, college graduation rates and the percentage of students winning awards such as Fulbright grants or Rhodes scholarships.

Richard Vedder, who wrote the article for Forbes, said, "At the Center for College Affordability & Productivity, a two-year-old research organization in Washington, D.C., with a free-market bent, we evaluate colleges on results. Do students like their courses? How successful are they once they graduate?"

Vedder, a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research and a distinguished professor of economics at Ohio University, studies higher education financing, labor economics and income inequality and is the author of several books, including Going Broke by Degree, and The Wal-Mart Revolution: How Big Box Stores Benefit Consumers, Workers, and the Economy.

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