Ranting About Rankings?

http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2010/01/13/usnews#Comments

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?

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About Art

I've been a higher education professional for over 15 years and an Academic Advising administrator for the past eight of those. I have a background in exploratory student advising and have spent a great deal of time guiding students through contemplating their personal college-to-career pathways. I've published, presented, and consulted on the intersection of social media and academia and am a firm believer in social media's power as a tool for engagement rather than solely information delivery. I've worked at public and private institutions as well as 2-year colleges and 4-year universities. I believe in Academic Advising as a teaching and learning activity, that learner-centered education is the key to students' academic success, and that as long as we keep students' individual goals and success at the center of our decision-making process, the problem of college-level student attrition can be solved.
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