[caption id="attachment_50073" align="alignleft" width="150"] Alumni Factor is among subscription-based college ranking services.[/caption]

U.S. News & World Report still might be the 800-pound gorilla of college rankings. But an electronic transcript service could give the venerable publication a run for its money.

With a formula that rarely changes, the latest edition of the U.S. News college rankings— published Sept. 12 —looks pretty much the same as a decade ago, with very few exceptions.

More interesting are a pair of newer players to the rankings game. Both have shortcomings, but both produce a top-colleges...

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