Analysis attempted to expand college rankings and used social media data.

college-rankingBrookings Institution researchers, who on April 29 released a new analysis of U.S. colleges and universities, defended their use of data from social media platforms and the contribution of geographic location to school performance.

The new analysis tries to go beyond many popular college rankings, such as produced by U.S. News & World Report, Money and Kiplinger’s magazines, which largely focus on well-known institutions that draw many of the nation’s top students.

Brookings’ Metropolitan Policy Program tried to even the playing field...

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