Does the US News and World Report college ranking discriminate against religiously affiliated schools?

Since its debut in 1983, the U.S. News & World Report College Guide has become the premier ‘consumer report’ of higher education. We find that peer assessment, which is the largest component of the U.S. News & World Report ranking function, contains a penalty for religiously affiliated schools that is independent of the other U.S. News & World Report variables and several proxies for quality. Possible explanations of the religious penalty include taste-based discrimination, perceived differences in the quality of the curriculum, and strategic voting by college administrators.

Source: “Religious penalty in the U.S. News & World Report college rankings” from Education Economics

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