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The Faculty Flutie Factor: Does Football Performance Affect a University’s US News and World Report Peer Assessment Score?

Sean Mulholland, Aleksandar Tomic and Samuel Sholander

MPRA Paper from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: Analyzing the peer assessment portion of the US News and World Report’s college rankings, we find that administrators and faculty rate more highly universities whose football team receives a greater number of votes in either the final Associated Press or Coaches Poll. Controlling for unobserved heterogeneity, our estimates suggest that a one standard deviation increase in the number of votes received in either the Associated Press or USA Today Coaches’ Football Poll is viewed as positively as a forty point increase in a school’s SAT score at the 75th percentile.

Keywords: college football; football bowl subdivision; national universities; peer assessment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I20 I23 L83 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010-09-07
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