Austin, TX (PressExposure) December 18, 2009 -- The Global Language Monitor today announced the immediate availability of the TrendTopper MediaBuzz College and University Rankings. Unlike other college guides, it is published twice a year, with spring and fall editions. This means that readers can make crucial decisions using information from near real time rankings. The data for the current edition is accurate as of November 1, 2009. The 73-page guide is available for download from the Global Language Monitor site.
The guide uses exclusive TrendTopper MediaBuzzâ¢ analyses of the nationâs colleges and universities according their appearance in the global print and electronic media, on the Internet throughout the blogosphere, and including social media such as Twitter. The GLM rankings are also the first to include specialty schools, such as Art, Business, Music and Engineering schools, as well as online universities.
âTrendTopper MediaBuzz Rankings remove all bias that we saw as inherent in each of the other published rankings, be they peer assessments, the opinion of high school guidance counselors, the ratio of endowment to number of students, number of left or right-leaning professors, and all the rest,â said Paul JJ Payack, the president of Global Language Monitor. âThe TrendTopper MediaBuzz Rankings are a way of seeing the schools through the eyes of the world at large. As with any brand, prospective students, alumni, employers, and the world at large believe that students who are graduated from such institutions will carry on the all the hallmarks of that particular school.â
Institutions are ranked by overall presence, and how quickly they are moving over the short and long-term. In addition, the study reveals the actual scores that separate the Top 225 Colleges and Universities from one another. In addition, the schools are ranked by their position in their state.
Many institutions of higher education, including Harvard, Boston College, and Vanderbilt have used the rankings as a validation of their recent reputation management decisions.
Since TrendTopper MediaBuzz ranks overall media awareness and strength of a schoolâs âbrandâ or reputation, the Global Language Monitor included specialty schools, which were included in the College category with the exception of the online universities, which was assigned to the University category.
In the University category, the University of Michigan moved up three places to the top spot, while Harvard saw a decline in Media Buzz citations of some 20%. Other major movers include MIT jumping from No. 16 to No. 2 and North Carolina, another public ivy, movinginto the Top Ten, with CaliforniaâBerkeley moving from No.10 to No. 6.
In the College category, Wellesley overtook Colorado College, Williams and Amherst to claim the No. 1 position, a first for a womenâs college. Pomona College, one of Californiaâs Claremont Colleges re-emerged in the Top Ten, and Eugene Lang College of New School University debuted at a very strong No. 9.
The Top Specialty schools listed in their categories as well as overall rank are listed below.
â¢ Top Business school was Babson College was the Top Business (67 overall, college).
â¢ Top Art and Design schools were Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) (27 overall, college), Pratt Institute (28 overall, college), and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (47 overall, college).
â¢ Top Engineering school was The Cooper Union (38 overall, college).
â¢ Top Music Schools were the Julliard School (50 overall, college), the New England Conservatory of Music (96 overall, college), and Berklee College (99 overall, college).
â¢ Top Online/For Profit University was the University of Phoenix, USA (37 overall, university).
â¢ Top Christian was Wheaton College, IL (16 overall, college),
â¢ Top Military Academies were the United States Naval Academy (20 overall, college), the United States Military Academy (48 overall, college) and the United States Air Force Academy (61 overall, college).
The 73-page guide is available for download from the Global Language Monitor site. The cost is $29.95.