Scholars Propose a College-Ranking System Based on Where Students Enroll

The selectivity measures used by U.S. News & World Report and other college-ranking services can and should be drastically restructured, four scholars have proposed in a working paper released this month.

It is theoretically feasible, the study suggests, to rank colleges and universities according to students' actual preferences -- that is, according to their decisions on where to enroll when they have been admitted to two or more colleges. Such measures of "revealed