Movement against US News and World Report’s ranking of colleges

Not a moment too soon. A good article in the New York Times about colleges getting together to agree to not participate in the rankings any longer. Instead, they pledged to develop their own framework for comparing colleges and universities in collaboration with other such institutions. Now, if only they could do it without an over-reliance on easily measurable variables… How about a bit of qualitative judgment and student reports instead of counting acceptance rates and publication records, all of which can be easily gamed? (How can you game acceptance rates? Easy. Attract a whole lot of applicants and then reject most of them. How can you game a faculty’s publication record? Easy. Push faculty to publish as many articles as possible, and watch thoughtless, really narrowly focused articles appear by the ton in a constant stream of academic journals sprouting all over the place.)

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