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Really like the articles. But where do you get the research numbers? For Example, UConn is #77 in the NSF survey, so clearly in the top 100. http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/profiles/ranking.cfm#U
Also, what value to give to cultural fits. You mention BYU fitting with say, Kansas (which isn't asking much) but I think Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin fitting with Georgia, NC or VA is asking quite a lot. I think there is a Mason-Dixon line effect that is still in play.
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