Carolina – #5 In the Country

The US News and World Report 2022–2023 Rankings are out and once again our beloved Carolina ranks #5 in the country for best public university in a tie with University of Florida. Peer public university UVA rose to the No. 3 spot to tie Michigan after three consecutive years at #4. UCLA and UC Berkeley maintained their rank in the top two spots.

Nationally, Carolina ranks #29 out of 443 universities in a three-way tie with Wake Forest and Florida. This is a slip for all three from a rank of #28 in 2021-2022. Part of this slip might be attributable to a methodology change that US News and World Report made in 2020 and 2021. The new methodology “reduced the weight of SAT/ACT standardized tests to 5% (7.75% previously) and reduced the weight of high school class standing to 2% (2.25% previously) toward schools’ overall scores. The weight of alumni giving was reduced to 3% (5% previously) toward each school’s overall rank.” Additional changes included adding additional measures for graduate indebtedness as well as an increase in the weight for overall outcomes.

Below is a chart depicting how Carolina and the three schools it tied with nationally have fared between 2015 and 2022. Taking into account the latest 2022-2023 ranking of 29, since 2015, Carolina has moved up one spot, Wake Forest has fallen 2 spots and Florida has climbed 21 spots.
Here is how Carolina fared in additional rankings with nursing and business programs ranked among the top 10 in the country.#5 in Top Public Schools (tie)#5 in Nursing (tie)#8 in Management (tie)#8 in Business Programs (tie)AccountingAnalytics#9 in MarketingProduction / Operation Management#10 in Real Estate#10 in Entrepreneurship#11 in FinanceComputer Science#12 in Best Colleges for Veterans (tie)#15 in Best Value Schools#19 in Service Learning (tie)#24 in Study Abroad#29 in National Universities (tie)#61 in Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs (tie)At schools whose highest degree is a doctorate#66 in Best Undergraduate Teaching (tie)#160 in Top Performers on Social Mobility (tie)
Other News:
In a surprising announcement, Kenan-Flagler Business School dean Doug Shackleford announced his resignations.

In a video message to faculty and staff, Shackleford reportedly said; “Serving as dean has been the greatest honor of my life,” …. “This decision has not been easy and I know it will be surprising to many of you. In brief, I’m very tired. I’m not physically ill and I’m sure I’ll be fine with some rest. But I need to hand the baton to another who can run at the pace this school deserves. Please know that this school is far bigger than any single person and it will continue to thrive….”

“In an interview with Poets&Quants, Shackelford says he had been actively considering leaving the job before his vacation but as the phone calls, emails and text messages piled up while he was trying to get away, he made the final decision to call it quits.” Read more about how and why Doug Shackleford announced his resignation in the Poets&Quants article.

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