Last month, we reported on U.S. News‘ rankings of the nation’s historically Black colleges and universities. Spelman College ranked first, followed by Howard University and Morehouse College.
The website BestColleges.com ranks the nation’s colleges and universities in a number of categories and recently published its own list of the best HBCUs. The website’s methodology ranks HBCUs by taking into account acceptance rate, student yield, retention rate, graduation rate, and the standardized test scores of incoming students. This is far fewer criteria than what is used in the U.S. News rankings.
The BestColleges.com ranking shows Morehouse College as the No. 1 ranked HBCU. Howard University ranks second. When the results were first announced Fisk University held the third spot and Florida A&M University ranked fourth. Spelman College was in firth place
JBHE asked BestColleges.com to explain why Spelman ranked so low given that it is more selective and has higher graduation and retention rates than top-ranked Morehouse and other HBCUs listed ahead of Spelman in the rankings. We received an email from a “Content Analyst” at BestColleges.com that stated:
“Unfortunately, Spelman did not report the SAT writing score of its entering class to IPEDS during the 2011 data collection. That missing data point threw off our calculation. However, we were able to track down the missing number, and we recalculated accordingly. Spelman now ranks at #3 on our list.”