Engineers in general like the idea of defining how data is used to make decisions using scientific, statistical and engineering principles. Here is a chance for an aspiring engineering student, parent or both to create their own college ranking system according to their own preferences using the metrics used by Forbes. You get a list of the top 20 according to your criteria.
I have examined the tool and I would use the not important and very important radio buttons only to get the widest range of choices. Trying to use a combination of the middle buttons tends to bring up pretty much the same colleges and universities in slightly different ranking positions. Try it and you will see what I mean.
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