I should note that I have emailed USN&WP to consider adding a value component to their criteria, and that is should count for 25% of the overall ranking. This creates an incentive for college and universities to keep costs down, or their rankings suffer. This in turn benefits students and families and we get back to the primary mission of colleges and universities.
They include the inverse of that as a metric ... spending per student. Faculty to student ratio is an indirect measurement of anti-value as well.
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