Willis Jones Publishes in American Journal of Education

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Willis Jones, Assistant Professor in EPE, recently published an article in the American Journal of Education, “Do college rankings matter? Examining the influence of America’s best Black colleges on HBCU undergraduate admissions.” See below for an abstract and follow the link to a PDF copy of the article:


College rankings have become a ubiquitous part of American higher education. As the popularity of rankings has increased, so have the number of research studies attempting to better understand the impact rankings have on college/university admissions outcomes. In the past, these studies have focused almost exclusively on elite national universities and liberal arts colleges. This study broadens research in this area by examining how the introduction of U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Black Colleges” section influenced undergraduate admissions among historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). The findings suggest that college rankings have little correlation with admissions outcomes at HBCUs.