Summer/Spring 2012 Rankings

No. 1 MIT first Tech School to top rankings

Game changing OpenCourseWare propels MIT to the highest score ever measured

Top 415 US Colleges and Universities (Six Universities Added April 6th)

Volatility evident as educational consumers are presented with more choices

Penn State stumbles but holds onto a top ranking

Richmond Tops all Colleges

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Austin, Texas, April 4, 2012 (Updated April 16)  – MIT topped Harvard for the top ranking of American universities by Internet

Media Buzz according to the Global Language Monitor.

This was the first time a technical institute topped the rankings; MIT did so by the largest distance ever measure in the history of the TrendTopper Rankings.

Also, in the first major rankings since the Penn State scandal, the school stumbled but held onto a top ranking.

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This is the eighth TrendTopper MediaBuzz ranking over the preceding five years; the rankings are conducted every nine months.

In the University Division, MIT was followed by Harvard, with the highest PQI differential between No. 1 and No, 2 ever recorded.  The University of Chicago took its usual position in the Top Ten, this year at No. 3, followed by Columbia University and past No. 1, the University of Wisconsin–Madison.  Always strong Cornell moved up to No. 6, while UCLA took the top spot in California besting Stanford.  Yale and the University of Texas-Austin Rounded out the Top Ten.

MIT gained the top spot apparently from the global buzz surrounding their announcement of their OpenCourseWare program.  OpenCourseWare  povides the same information available to MIT students to the world-at-large.  Not only can anyone, anywhere take M.I.T. courses online free of charge, they can  also earn certificates certifying mastery of the subject matter.

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“The higher education world is in the midst of a major upheaval that has only begun to sort itself out. You can’t have an institution of MIT’s stature give away its product for free, or millions of students opting for on-line schools or educations provided by for-profit organization, and of course the globalization of higher ed and not record significant change.  In fact you need a seismograph to better understand the shifting of the educational plates, once long thought stable,” said Paul JJ Payack, president and Chief Word Analyst of GLM.  This is the fifth year and eighth edition of the TrendTopper MediaBuzz Rankings.

Penn State’s stumble came in the wake of the child sex-abuse scandal in November that tarnished the legend of one of the most revered, and successful, major college football programs in the nation. Of concern to GLM was whether the scandal would dramatically increase the number of web citations, however the opposite was the case, as happened when Harvard took a massive hit to its endowment a few years ago. Significantly, only 3.42 percent of the global citations were considered of negative sentiment, so Penn State held onto a high ranking.

The TrendTopper MediaBuzz Rankings measure near real-time movements of an institution’s reputation or ‘brand equity’, using the same techniques used to measure the appeal of any other branded product, such as luxury automobiles, or consumer electronics. For the first time GLM expanded the Rankings to over 400 schools, 215 in the University Division with another 200 in the College Division to widen the bases of comparison for the education marketplace.

The Top Universities by TrendTopper MediaBuzz with current ranking and change from last ranking follow:

1.  Massachusetts Institute of Technology (5)

2.  Harvard University  (-1)

3.  University of Chicago (+4)

4.  Columbia University (0)

5.  University of Wisconsin—Madison (+9)

6.  Cornell University (+4)

7.  University of California—Los Angeles (+10)

8.  Stanford University  (-1)

9.  Yale University  (+4)

10. University of Texas—Austin (-2)

11. University of Washington (0)

12. University of Pennsylvania (+4)

13. University of Michigan—Ann Arbor (-3)

14. University of California–Berkeley (-12)

15. Princeton University (+1)

16. Ohio State University—Columbus (+13)

17. University of California — Davis (+2)

18. Indiana University—Bloomington (+6)

19. Virginia Tech (+18)

20. New York University (+3)

21. Duke University (+6)

22. University of California—San Diego  (+3)

23. Georgia Institute of Technology (-2)

24. Johns Hopkins University (+7)

25. University of Virginia (+11)


For all 210 Universities and Master-degree granting colleges, go here.

University of Richmond tops all  colleges

In the college rankings the University of Richmond completed its long climb to the top.

Reflecting the healthy distribution of ‘Little Ivies’ across the nation landscape, Richmond is the sixth different college to take the top spot since these rankings began, which now have been represented by the South (Richmond and Davidson), the West (Colorado College), the East (Williams and Wellesley College) and the Midwest (Carleton College).  Wellesley was also the only Women’s College to top a general college ranking.  Richmond Williams switched places with Smith, Bucknell and Union coming on strong.  Amherst, Colorado College, Oberlin College, The Cooper Union and the Pratt Institute rounded out the Top Ten.

The Top Universities by TrendTopper MediaBuzz with current ranking and change from last ranking follow:

1.  University of Richmond (+2)

2. Williams College (+1)

3. Smith College  (+18)

4. Bucknell University  (+19)

5. Union College  (+3)

6. Amherst   (+13)

7. Colorado College   (+21)

8. Oberlin College   (+20)

9. The Cooper Union  (+28)

10. Pratt Institute   (+12)

11.   Colgate University (+37)

12.   Wellesley College  (+14)

13.   Occidental College (+27)

14.   Middlebury College  (+16)

15.   The Juilliard School  (+8)

16.   Davidson College (+26)

17.   School of the Art Institute of Chicago   (+22)

18.   Pomona College   (+6)

19.   United States Military Academy   (+24)

20.   Vassar College   (+29)

21.   Emerson College (+45)

22.   Bowdoin College   (+17)

23.   Carleton College   (+9)

24.   United States Naval Academy   (+32)

25.   Hamilton College   (+38)

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The TrendTopper MediaBuzz Rankings measure near real-time movements of an institution’s reputation or ‘brand equity’, using the same techniques used to measure the appeal of any other branded product, such as luxury automobiles, or consumer electronics. For the first time GLM expanded the Rankings to over 400 schools, 210 in the University Division with another 200 in the College Division to widen the bases of comparison for the education marketplace.

Unlike other college rankings, specialty schools such as Julliard, SAIC, and the Cooper Union, the service academies, business, tech schools are included in the rankings.  Also incorporated into the rankings are ‘for profit” (University of Phoenix) and online institutions, such as Capella and Walden.  This is to provide true comparisons between and among the various types of post-secondary institutions now available to the discerning educational consumers. The full rankings  include positive or negative movement, and MediaBuzz Velocity and Momentum that reveal how a school’s (short-term and long-term) brand equity is increasing or decreasing against its peer group, and the other competitors.

Methodology

The  TrendTopper MediaBuzz Analysis uses the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s classifications as the basis to distinguish between Universities and Colleges. The schools were ranked in the last week of March 2012, with a December snapshot as well as the last day of the previous surveys as the base.

TrendTopper MediaBuzz utilizes a  mathematical model that ‘normalizes’ the data collected from the Internet, social media, and blogosphere as well as the top 175,000 print and electronic media, as well as new social media as they emerge.  The end result is a non-biased analytical tool that provides a gauge of relative values among various institutions, as well as measures of how that value changes over time.

What Others are Saying:

Colleges, Ranked by ‘Media Buzz’

By Eric Hoover

A savvy enrollment manager once told me that a crucial part of his job was getting his college’s name in newspapers and magazines. After all, he said, the more people see an institution’s name, the more familiar it becomes, and the more attractive it seems to prospective students.

He was describing “buzz,” something most colleges crave. In case you didn’t know, the Global Language Monitor will measure it for you.

The  Summer / Spring 2012 Edition now includes over 400 schools, including specialty, Art, Design, Music, online, and for-profit institutions.  It  includes positive or negative movement vs the competition.  It also ranks school by MediaBuzz Velocity and Momentum that tells how a school’s (short-term and long-term) brand equity is increasing or decreasing against its peer group, and the other colleges.

 

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