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New York Times: Value-driven college ranking lists are on the rise

College rankings have long been a consideration for students and their parents when selecting a school.

Now, lists that rank colleges according to value are on the rise, according to a story by The New York Times.

The rankings’ popularity come at a time when President Barack Obama has called for a plan to assess colleges and universities based on affordability and value.

The rub?

Value has many meanings.

The myriad lists—including those from Forbes Magazine, The Princeton Review and U.S. News&World Report—arry disparate measures with some based largely on costs or available subsidies and others based on graduate income or academic rankings, according to The Times.