If you had to explain America’s economic success with one word, that word would be “education.” In the 19th century, America led the way in universal basic education. Then, as other nations followed suit, the “high school revolution” of the early 20th century took us to a whole new level. And in the years after World War II, America established a commanding position in higher education.
But that was then. The rise of American education was, overwhelmingly, the rise of public education — and for the past 30 years our political scene has been dominated by the view that any and all government spending is a waste of taxpayer dollars. Education, as one of the largest components of public spending, has inevitably suffered. Source: New York Time Article
It is the preparedness of the human resources through education that determines the ability to compete globally and attain the top rankings. The quality of education people receive is determined by the quality of educational institutions.
Recently Times Higher Education supplement released the ranking of top two hundred world universities. The complete ranking is here. The list is heavily dominated by the major Universities in US with Harvard University in the first position.
How are the Universities in Ohio and the surroundings states do in the ranking? To answer this question I edited the long list of two hundred Universities and created the following table of thirteen Universities who appeared on the world ranking list. These Universities are from Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Illinois and Michigan. The first column shows the rank and the second column of the table lists the name of the Universities.
The following map shows their exact locations on the map. To see all the Universities location on this map press down on the right mouse button and drag the map in the direction you want to view the map or use the zoom in and zoom out feature by using the buttons shown in the top left position of the map.
There is a respectable showing of the Universities from Illinois,Pennsylvania, Indiana and Ohio on the world University ranking list. Overall Pennsylvania and Illinois Universities show up within the top fifty universities along with the University of Michigan at nineteenth position.
Ohio did not fare as well as its neighboring states. Its two Universities Case Western reserve University in Cleveland and Ohio state University in Columbus are ranked at 119 and 129 respectively.