05 August 2017

The US business magazine Forbes has published the latest edition of America’s Top Colleges. These rankings, now in their tenth year, take a strict return on investment approach based on measures of output that indicate direct economic benefits for students. It says nothing about research, reputation or teaching quality.

The indicators are:

  • Post-Graduate Success (35%)
  • Debt (20%)
  • Graduation Rate (12.5%)
  • Academic Success (12.5%).

The top tencolleges this year are:

  1. Harvard University
  2. Stanford University
  3. Yale University
  4. Princeton University
  5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  6. California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
  7. University of Pennsylvania
  8. Duke university
  9. Brown University
  10. Pomona College.

There also lists for the various regions and for private and public institutions. The top three northeastern colleges are:

  1. Harvard University
  2. Yale University
  3. Princeton University.

The top three southern colleges are:

  1. Duke University
  2. Rice University
  3. Vanderbilt University.

The top three midwestern colleges are:

  1. University of Chicago
  2. University of Notre Dame
  3. Northwestern University.

The top three western universities are:

  1. Stanford University
  2. Caltech
  3. Pomona College.

The top three public colleges are:

  1. US Naval Academy
  2. US Military Academy
  3. University of California Berkeley.

Forbes: America’s BestColleges

IREG Initiatives

With the fast development of science and technology, as well as the internationalization of scientific activities, international academic awards have been more and more popular and influential. Numerous international academic awards have been established to provide individuals with incentives and motivation for new academic work and to reward past excellent academic accomplishments.


The purpose of the IREG Ranking Audit, conducted by independent experts, is to verify and attest that ranking under review is done professionally, with a transparent methodology, observes good practices and responds to a need for relevant information of various stakeholders, in particular students, higher education institutions, employers and policy makers.


National and international academic rankings play ever increasing role as a barometer of quality of higher education institutions. The purpose of "IREG Inventory of National Rankings" is to collect and make available on the IREG Observatory website information on the current state and scope of this important group of rankings.


The purpose of the IREG Guidelines for Stakeholders of Academic Rankings is to provide recommendations for appropriate interpretations, uses and applications of rankings by potential interested parties, including students and parents, institutions of higher education, policymakers, quality assurance and funding organizations, employers and the media. Specific recommendations have been formulated for each group of stakeholders.


News from IREG Members

The worldwide ranking UI GreenMetric Workshop in Bologna

This Bologna workshop is aimed to highlight the commitment of Italian universities towards a sustainable 360° approach. UI GM Chairperson, Riri Fitri Sari, will showcase the ranking’s structure and indicators in details. Italian participants are warmly invited to ask questions and raise issues concerning the specificity of the Italian universities to fit into the UI GreenMetric ranking. The Alma Mater Studiorum assumes the role of National Network Hub for UI GM in the framework of this event that will also host experts from RUS (Rete delle Università per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile).

Ranking conference in Warsaw

Polish universities feel, they deserve a better place in international rankings. To discuss what can and should be done to improve the quality of research, rectors of best universities in the country gathered 1-2 December in Warsaw at the conference “Polish Universities in International Perspective – Rankings and Strategic Management of University” organized by Perspektywy Education Foundation jointly with the Conference of Rectors (CRASP) and Polish Accreditation Commission (PAC).

Conference on Universities’ Reputation

Spanish Universidad de Navarra organizes the International Conference BUILDING UNIVERSITIES' REPUTATION Understanding the Student Perspective – Key to a Reputation Strategy, Pamplona, Spain 30-31 March 2017. www.unav.edu/bur

Report on Activities of IREG Observatory 2015-1016

Dr. Jan Sadlak, President of IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence at the General Assembly held in Lisbon on 6 May 2016 presented a detailed report on activities of the organization, the President and members of the Executive Committee in the period: May 2015 – May 2016.

You may ready the report HERE.

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