Date of Award

Spring 5-14-2016

Degree Type


Degree Name

PhD Higher Education Leadership, Management, Policy


Education Leadership, Management and Policy


Robert Kelchen, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Gerard Babo, Ed.D.

Committee Member

Joseph Stetar, Ph.D.


U.S. News and World Report, Variances, Enrollment, Business School, Top-25, Selectivity Rate


This study examined the effect that variances in the U.S News and World Report rankings have on enrollment trends and practices in both top and not top-25 business schools. The purpose of this study was to determine whether mobility in the rankings was met with a statistically significant response to the research questions presented. While this was not the first study to look at business school rankings and their effect on enrollment trends, it was the first one to look at recent data associated with this phenomena, as well as, the first study to utilize panel data in order to determine the answer to its research questions. The four research questions put forth dealt with enrollment numbers, student quality, acceptance rates and peer assessment scores. The study determined that the research questions are not statistically significant across the board and that one group is more sensitive than the other to variation in the rankings. Possible practical implications for these findings and further research are discussed, as well as, the limitations of the study. Furthermore, a review of all current business school rankings and their methodologies can be found in the study.