WSU has a history of reviewing ranking results to understand the systems and ensure accuracy of WSU ranks. This report represents the 4th review since 2012. WSU declined in the U.S. News & World Report (USNWR) rankings over past four years. This caused concern by various audiences.
The objective of this Task Force was to investigate data pertaining to the USNWR Best College Ranking. The review is to help guide the approach to be taken by WSU to ensure accuracy of data submitted and invest in strategic areas related to metric that matter to WSU success in the ranking process.
The Task Force was charged with:
- (a) conducting an examination of the rankings,
- (b) providing recommendations, and
- (c) engage in discussions with WSU leadership regarding the potential impact of input variables on future rankings.