Saturday, June 18, 2016

Rankled by college rankings - Matt Zalaznick, University Business

Almost everybody ranks colleges these days—old stalwarts like U.S. News & World Report, influential upstarts like Washington Monthly and click-baiting websites that measure everything from campus sustainability to most attractive students to coolest mascots. William Destler, president of Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, even found his university named one of the “geekiest” in 2014. While these smaller lists can offer some comic pride, the broader, higher-profile rankings routinely favor elite colleges and universities—and this sells the higher education system short by comparing institutions that have widely varying missions, he says. This article may not contain all of them, but there’s an unranked and un-alphabetized list of the big (and not-so-big) organizations producing higher ed ratings systems. [ED NOTE: Rankings is the topic of an exciting panel discussion at the UPCEA Rountable in Washington, D.C. on Monday, June 27!)

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