September 28, 2012
NY Times Debate: Are the U.S. News Rankings 'Helpful or a Distraction'?
New York Times, Room for Debate: Colleges, by the Numbers:
Update: New York Times op-ed: The College Rankings Racket, by Joe Nocera. (Hat Tip: Mike Talbert.)
The 2013 edition of the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges hit newsstands this month. Are these rankings given too much weight in the college application and selection process? Are they helpful or a distraction?
- Michael Bastedo (Director, Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education, University of Michigan), Insiders Care the Most About These Lists
- Sean Decatur (Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Oberlin College), Rankings Can Be Useful, but Also Dangerous
- Beth Gilfillan (College Counselor, Deerfield High School), I Cringe When I Hear the Word ‘Rankings’
- Martha O'Connell (Executive Director, Colleges That Change Lives), The College Search Requires Greater Thought
- Lloyd Thacker (Executive Director, Education Conservancy), College Presidents Should Just Say ‘No’ to U.S. News
- Richard Vedder (Director, Center for College Affordability and Productivity, Ohio University), Filling a Void, Providing a Service
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