Cincinnati is not a bad school. I don’t know much about their undergrad side, but they’re very strong medically. They run one of the best children’s hospitals in the country and are strong in a number of other specialities too.
This was not a remarkable ascent in UH’s rank. The rise was due to changes in measures used by USNews. Last years rankings would be similar to this years if the same measures were used in both. When this years measures include “transforming the
lives of economically disadvantaged students” and last years does not you are comparing a number to nothing.
Whether UH actions caused measures to rise or fall would require a lot of digging. Since the two years rankings use different measures comparison is basically impossible.
UH has a higher rank with this years measures. So do many public universities across the country. UH rose by 31. Florida Atlantic rose by 53.
Private universities will have lower ranks than last year. This is because they want to be judged on academics, not other measures.
Not to take away the jump. USNWS ranking methodology has changed that has caused jumps for many schools including the one at College Station. They have removed Class Size and Alumni giving from the equation.