Last year, Columbia said that 100 percent of its full-time faculty had “terminal degrees,” the highest in their field. On Friday, Columbia revised that to about 95 percent.

But as if to prove the potency of the U.S. News rankings, many schools sent out jubilant emails on Monday extolling their ratings. Kettering University in Flint, Mich., announced it had jumped six spots to No. 6 in the Midwest section of the rankings. And the University of California system sent out a news release celebrating that six campuses were among the country’s top public universities.

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