Money magazine joins the college ranking racket with its twist on the money-making, analytics-light list. To distinguish its list from all lists available on the market, Money uses two measures. One, Money determines how much money will parents borrow to pay for their child's degree from a particular college. Two, Money estimates how much the child will generate in salary with a degree from a particular college.
Based on these simple measures, Money adds BYU, Harvey Mudd, and Babson to the standard top-10 schools such as MIT, and Stanford.
Instead of trying to create a list that appears somewhat different from all available college lists, perhaps Money could have developed a cluster analysis to group universities. Such an effort would provide something of greater value to parents.