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The Voice of Alumni: Michigan, Cal, UCLA Top List of UW Peers in Alumni Ballot

When alumni voted last December on which institutions they considered peers of the University of Washington, more than half chose the University of Michigan.

The December 2005 Columns included a ballot asking alumni to vote for three UW peer institutions and to choose the top three factors they think should be used to rank universities.

Also at the top of the Web-based vote were UCLA with 42 percent, Cal-Berkeley with 39 percent and Wisconsin with 32 percent (because each voter was allowed three choices, percentages total more than 100).

Because different groups use different criteria to rank universities, Columns also asked alumni to vote on what factors organizations should consider.

Almost half of the voters felt that the ratings of graduate and professional programs should be part of any ranking criteria. Alumni also favored looking at graduation rates, the faculty/student ratio and the number of faculty articles cited in academic journals.

These results are from an informal polling method similar to other Web-based polls and are not statistically significant. Full results can be seen on the Columns web site .