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

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  • Mulholland, Sean
  • Tomic, Aleksandar
  • Sholander, Samuel

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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.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 26443.

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Keywords: college football; football bowl subdivision; national universities; peer assessment;

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  1. Football has an impact on college quality
    by Economic Logician in Economic Logic on 2010-12-13 15:10:00
  2. How Football Improves College Quality
    by Ariel Goldring in Free Market Mojo on 2010-12-16 12:00:31

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