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How Economically Diverse Is Your College? A ‘New York Times’ Ranking May Soon Tell

The Times’s ratings are unlikely to upend the dominance of U.S. News, said Robert Kelchen, an assistant professor of education, leadership, management, and policy at Seton Hall University who helped develop some of the Washington Monthly’s ratings and has advised the Obama administration in the development of its rating system. (The influence of the U.S. News rankings were further demonstrated this week, in a Bostonmagazine article detailing Northeastern University’s successful 17-year campaign to crack its top-100 list.)

But the ratings by the Times could be a boon to some “striver colleges,” he said. “Putting The New York Times’s seal of approval on it could really have meaning, especially for less-selective, lesser-known colleges.”