51+/A3/PI/Aca/Gov graphed against USNWR rankings (ranked schools only)
-The average 51+/A3/PI/Aca/Gov percentage for all (ranked!) schools is roughly 34.15. If you take that as a proxy for jobs worth going to school for, those aren't great odds. Also, that's the mean, which factors in the T14. Most of the schools on the graph are even lower than that, which means that the median probably is, too.
-If you look at the plot like a ferret reaching for a cluster of grapes, the grapes are the T14, the ferret's head is the superregionals, and the paw is midwestern "can you make a 165/166/167? If yes, we'll give you a full ride plus stipend plus Cardinals tickets" type schools. Outside of the T14 and superregionals there doesn't seem to be much, if any, correlation between USNWR ranking and outcome, which is a horn people have been blowing on here for a while. Try covering the grapes and the head with your thumb and looking at it that way. It's a very, very modest correlation.
-On the other hand, "we're TTT, but we're also the only game in town" type state schools don't come out looking very good. South Carolina's below Depaul and Washburn (?). Colorado's a whisker below Samford and Hofstra, and it's not even in the same league as St. John's.
Red line added to denote the 34.15 index mean, and a black line to bring out the correlation a little more strongly