So, I’m on the fence on this one. I appreciate the benefit of college ranking systems and that they can be helpful to potential students in the “shopping” phase of their post-secondary educational reality.
I guess the idealist in me would hope that more educational outcome-focused data would comprise the bulk of the input. And this quote from the article really couldn’t express my cynicism any better–even if I’d written it myself:
In the study, two scholars evaluated changes in reputational scores of colleges and then looked for correlations between those changes and other factors that U.S. News declares are important and recalculates each year: graduation and retention, faculty resources, selectivity and financial resources. These factors are of course also controversial with many educators, who say that they reward colleges for being wealthy and rejecting many students.
So, I don’t know. . .what do you all think?