Comparative Ranking and Yield

The Times Higher Education World Education Rankings for 2011-2012 have placed the University of Arizona at 95th out of 400 top universities in the world. Their highest score was for the amount of industry income, which is an index of their innovativeness. Unfortunately, industry income was only worth 2.5% of the total. Somewhat more important measures were the number of citations received as a measure of research influence, followed by teaching, and research (each worth 30% of the total). The University’s visibility and authoritative status in the area of environmental science has earned it top rankings in the US and in the world in 2013.

Comparative rankings help to determine the university’s success in attracting students. Because the University of Arizona is a land grant college, we would expect that its first mission is to serve students from the state of Arizona. In 2009-10, 67.17% of American students were from Arizona; that proportion had risen to 70.55% in 2011-2012.  However, trends in “yield” or proportion of students who were admitted that actually matriculated declined steadily in recent years. This pattern was observed for non-residents as well as residents of Arizona. However, these patterns may reflect the influence of the global recession.



Tucson Regional Indicators Project (TRIP)