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Times World University Rankings (2011-2016)
This data comes from the annual Times magazine rankings of universities across the world. The webpage for the Times 2016 rankings is listed above in the source.
The formula for the 2016 rankings is as follows:
30% for Teaching Rating
7.5% for International Outlook Rating
30% for Research Rating
30% for Citations Rating
2.5% for Industry Income Rating.
The “Total Score” from 2016 can be recreated using this formula.

ColumnDescription
World_RankUniversity rank for a given year
University_NameThe name of the university
CountryLocation of university
Teaching_Rating Rating from a 0-100 scale of the quality of teaching at the university. This rating is based on the institution’s reputation for teaching, it’s student/staff ratio, it’s PhD’s/ undergraduate degrees awarded ratio, and it’s institutional income/ academic staff ratio.
Inter_Outlook_Rating Rating from a 0-100 scale of the international makeup of a university. This rating is based the international student percentage, international staff percentage, and the percentage of research papers from the university that include at least one international author.
Research_Rating Rating from a 0-100 scale of quality of research at the university. This rating is based on the university’s reputation, it’s research income/ academic staff ratio, and it’s production of scholarly papers.
Citations_Rating Rating from a 0-100 scale of based on the normalized average of citations by other papers per paper from the university (how often the research from the university is cited by other papers).
Industry_Income_Rating Rating from a 0-100 scale grading how much companies are willing to invest in the universities research. The rating is calculated based on the research income from businesses per academic staff member.
Total_ScoreThe final score used to determine the university ranking based on Teaching_Rating, International_Outlook_Rating, Research_Rating, Citations_Rating, and Industrial_Income_Rating.
Num_StudentsTotal number of students in a given year
Student/Staff_RatioNumber of students per academic staff member
%_Inter_StudentsPercentage of student body who come from a foreign county
%_Female_Students Percentage of student body that is female.
YearAcademic year that the ranking was released. For example, 2016 denotes the 2015-2016 academic year.
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Federal Food Assistance Participation
This primarily comes from the following source: United States Department of Agriculture: Food and Nutrition Service . This dataset also incorporates data from another StatCrunch dataset: US Workforce Participation

ColumnDescription
YearThe year for each data value
Average Federal Food Assistance Participation in ThousandsNumber of individuals in the US who took part in SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) during the given year.
% US Population on Federal Food Assitance% of US population that is currently in the SNAP program and is receiving aid with food.
Change of % (US Population on Federal Food Assistance)The change in the percentage of the US population that is receiving food assistance from SNAP.
Presidential ControlPolitical party of president.
Senate ControlPolitical party of the Senate majority
House ControlPolitical party of the House of Representatives majority.
Legislative Branch (House and Senate)Combined control of Senate and House of Representativs
Male Inactivity Rate Aged 25-54Defined as the proportion of the male population aged 25-54 that is not in the labour force. Common reasons for leaving labour force: college, retirement, stay at home, can't find work and no longer try.
Change of Rate (Male Inactivity Rate Aged 25-54)The change in the inactivity rate calculated as the current year minus the previous year.
Female Inactivity Rate Aged 25-54Defined as the proportion of the female population aged 25-54 that is not in the labour force.
Change of Rate (Female Inactivity Rate Aged 25-54)The change in the inactivity rate calculated as the current year minus the previous year.
Annual Average Workforce Participation RateDefined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as "the percentage of the population [16 years and older] that is either employed or unemployed (that is, either working or actively seeking work). Note that 2015's Annual Average is calculated using the first 11 months."
Change of Rate (Annual Workforce Participation Rate)The change in the workforce participation rate calculated as the current year minus the previous year.
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US Workforce Participation
This data primarily comes from two sources: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and the US Bureau of Labor Statistics .
ColumnDescription
YearThe calendar year for each value
Annual Average Workforce ParticipationDefined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as "the percentage of the population [16 years and older] that is either employed or unemployed (that is, either working or actively seeking work). Note that 2015's Annual Average is calculated using the first 11 months."
Male Workforce Participation RateAnnual workforce participation rate for males.
Female Workforce Participation RateAnnual workforce participation rate for females.
Male Inactivity Rate Aged 25-54Defined as the proportion of the male population aged 25-54 that is not in the labour force. Common reasons for leaving labour force: college, retirement, stay at home, can't find work and no longer try.
Change in Rate (Male Inactivity Rate Aged 25-54)The change in the inactivity rate calculated as the current year minus the previous year.
Female Inactivity Rate Aged 25-54Defined as the proportion of the female population aged 25-54 that is not in the labour force.
Change in Rate (Female Inactivity Rate Aged 25-54)The change in the inactivity rate calculated as the current year minus the previous year.
Presidential ControlPolitical party of president.
Senate ControlPolitical party of the Senate majority
House ControlPolitical party of the House of Representatives majority.
Legislative Branch (House and Senate)Combined control of Senate and House of Representativs
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US Debt-to-GDP Ratio (1966-2016)
This data was found at the attached source and tracks the US federal debt as a ratio to the nation's total GDP (Gross Domestic Product). The legislative control is defined by who had a majority in the House of Representatives and the Senate. If the House and Senate were controlled by opposite parties, legislative control was defined as "split". The recession column was found at the following page:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_recessions_in_the_United_States
"US Deb to GDP Ratio Change" is calculated as the current date minus the previous date.
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