Goals Although limited in scope and often biased in one direction or another, indices that rank colleges and universities can give an indication of their overall academic quality and allow institutions to assess their performance relative to their peers in a way that is often very public. The University has no stated goals with respect to its position in any particular index, nor does it endorse any particular set of rankings. Further, it cautions readers to consider the differing methodologies employed by the indices. These result in substantial differences across indices and across years. This summary is offered as a guide to the various rankings that routinely are in the news.
Narrative This section reports college rankings for the UC campuses and their comparison institutions from seven different ranking schemes-the 1995 National Research Council, The Center for Measuring University Performance at Arizona State University, U.S. News and World Report's Best Graduate Programs, U.S. News and World Report's Best National Universities, U.S. News and World Report's Top 50 Public National Universities, Washington Monthly Rankings, and the Academic Ranking of World Universities from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China. It also presents information on the relative size of campus libraries from the Association of Research Libraries Investment Index.