Robert James Morse

Executive Committee Member

Robert Morse is the Director of Data Research for U.S. News & World Report. He is in charge of producing the America's Best Colleges, the America's Best Graduate Schools and America's Best High Schools rankings all of which are published annually by U.S. News & World Report. He takes the lead role in survey design, ranking methodology changes and higher education research.

Mr. Morse developed most of the current methodologies that are used in the America's Best Colleges and America's Best Graduate Schools ranking projects and has been working full-time on both the America's Best Colleges and America's Best Graduate Schools publications starting in 1989. U.S. News has published the America's Best Colleges rankings annually starting in 1987. The America's Best Graduate Schools rankings have been published annually by U.S. News starting in 1990. The America's Best High Schools rankings were published for the first time in December 2007.

Mr. Morse is the author of a widely read blog on academic rankings called Morse Code Inside the College Rankings (http://www.usnews.com/blogs/college-rankings-blog/index.html). Mr. Morse is a founding member and is on the Executive Committee of the International Ranking Experts Group.

Mr. Morse has been at U.S. News since 1976 and held other positions at the weekly magazine including Director of Research and member of the Economic Unit prior to his current job. He also worked at the U.S. Treasury Department and E.F. Hutton Co. Inc.

Mr. Morse has a B.A. in Economics from the University of Cincinnati and an M.B.A. in Finance from Michigan State University

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