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

42 Pages Posted: 6 Nov 2010 Last revised: 28 Mar 2012

Sean E. Mulholland

Western Carolina University

Aleksandar Tomic

Macon State College - Division of Business and Economics

Samuel Sholander

Mercer University

Date Written: March 27, 2012

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 twenty-five point increase in a school’s SAT score at the 75th percentile.

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

JEL Classification: I2, I23, L83

Suggested Citation

Mulholland, Sean E. and Tomic, Aleksandar and Sholander, Samuel, The Faculty Flutie Factor: Does Football Performance Affect a University’s US News and World Report Peer Assessment Score? (March 27, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1703167 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1703167

Sean E. Mulholland (Contact Author)

Western Carolina University ( email )

United States

HOME PAGE: http://faculty.wcu.edu/semulholland/

Aleksandar Tomic

Macon State College - Division of Business and Economics ( email )

100 College Station Drive
Macon, GA 31206
United States
478-757-2675 (Phone)

Samuel Sholander

Mercer University ( email )

1400 Coleman Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30341-4155
United States

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