This morning, US News and World Reports published their graduate school rankings. However, rather than report rankings based on the data they collected last fall, they decided (for the first time in history) to average data collected in 2008 and 2012 to generate many of the lists, including sociology.
Peer rankings move little, but even littler when they’re created using an average of old and new. Omar and I spent the morning determining the actual 2013/14 ranks – or at least a close approximation, assuming equal sizes of the two samples – by considering the new scores in light of the old ones.
Here are single-year 2013/14 rankings and scores, based on what we assume was collected this last round:
There isn’t a lot of movement in the top 10 – although our method has Berkeley drop from #1 to #4 – but we’re sure that most readers will find something of interest in the data we used (including 2009 ranks and scores, the averages reported for 2013, the movement between 2009 and our “actual” 2013 rankings, and the discrepancy between USNWR 2013 rank and our calculation). Maybe someone in Florida paid off USNWR?