[Editor's Note: For Part 2 of this story that delves further into the rankings of the future, check back next week]

New players in the college and university ranking game say factors like the enrollment of low-income students and ensuring they graduate, a focus on STEM, and service-minded values should have significant weight in today's rankings.

Key points:

  • Changing the factors in college ranking systems can yield dramatic and surprising results.

  • Student earnings after college, along with loan repayments, are important and this information should be easily accessible.

  • Exclusivity alone should not determine a university's ranking.

Every year, institutions are ranked according to any...

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