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Challenging the Value of Prestigious Universities

Kevin Price | Posted 06.18.2015 | Education
Kevin Price

One of the benefits of being a radio talk show host and a bibliophile, is the many books I get every month in my mail box. I receive so many, and they compete for my attention with those I actually purchase. I open the packages for all the books, and I am sure I look like a kid at Christmas.

Grade Inflation, Academic Rigor, and College Graduation Rates

Bill Destler | Posted 02.07.2015 | Education
Bill Destler

I am deeply troubled by this misuse of graduation rates as an indicator of academic quality when in fact they could indicate, in some cases, exactly the opposite. The notion that a graduation rate near 100 percent is a sign of academic quality is simply nonsense.

The Sorry Story of College Rankings and Ratings

Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr. | Posted 02.01.2015 | College
Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr.

The incredible diversity of mission, students, and programs that make it impossible to rank schools is the foundation of the great strength of the best higher education system in the world.

The 10 Universities With The Largest Student Populations

us news | Susannah Snider | Posted 09.29.2014 | College

The U.S. News Short List, separate from our overall rankings, is a regular series that magnifies individual data points in hopes of providing students...

The Top 14 Up And Coming Colleges

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Svokos | Posted 09.23.2014 | College

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County topped this year's list of Up and Coming Schools from U.S. News. U.S. News determines these schools b...

Don't Bother With Yale: Even the Most Excellent Sheep are Still Part of a Herd

Linda Flanagan | Posted 11.16.2014 | Education
Linda Flanagan

Kids lose their childhoods to appease the college admissions Gods (and their parents), endure record rates of depression and anxiety, and arrive on campus stripped of curiosity or self-knowledge. They excel at following orders, hence they are "excellent sheep."

The 17 Best Public Colleges In The Country

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Svokos | Posted 09.11.2014 | College

For the seventeenth year in a row, University of California-Berkeley is the top public school in America according to U.S. News and World. To put that...

Why Using Campus Security Stats to Rank Colleges Won't Work

Annie E. Clark | Posted 06.18.2014 | College
Annie E. Clark

As I told the mother interested in sending her daughter to a "safe school," families should look at the written and practiced policies at an institution.

A Yelp for Online Learning?

David Blake | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
David Blake

It's that time again when colleges and universities report their admissions statistics, graduation rates and other numbers, and groups compile and analyze those statistics to rank our nation's top higher education institutions

Prospective Students: Create Your Own Ranking

Dr. James J. Kelly | Posted 11.26.2013 | College
Dr. James J. Kelly

What I recommend to students is to create their own ranking. They should start by writing down what their top wants for a college are such as major, location, size, internships, ability to participate in sports, international study, etc.

University Rankings are Terrible. Now Can We Stop Doing the Same Thing With Countries?

Michael Hobbes | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics
Michael Hobbes

Is Norway less corrupt than Luxembourg? More developed than Switzerland? Slightly more failed than Finland? Given the limited data and even more limited number of indicators these indices use, the answers to those questions are a re-statement of your methodology, not a useful analysis of the conditions in those two countries.

US News Rankings Czar Responds To Criticism

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 09.12.2013 | College

U.S. News & World Report released their annual college rankings this week. Some parents, students and school officials were no doubt thrilled to see h...

And The Best University In Florida Is...

Vanessa Martin | Posted 09.11.2013 | Miami

The results are in. Since here in Florida we're all about rivalries, U.S. News & World Report's annual "Best Colleges" rankings for 2014, can only...

U.S. News' College Rankings Are Terrible -- But It's Not (Completely) Their Fault

Tom Allison | Posted 11.06.2013 | College
Tom Allison

Schools track how different types of students perform and the IRS and Social Security Administration track incomes. Those datasets just aren't talking to each other.

Academic Study Validates U.S. News Business School Rankings

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 07.01.2013 | College

U.S. News & World Report is the preferred outlet for business school rankings, a peer-reviewed study found. Graduates from business schools ranked ...

U.S. News Unranks Two More Colleges For Submitting Faulty Data

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 05.15.2013 | College

U.S. News & World Report announced Tuesday it was moving two colleges to the "unranked" category Robert Morse, director of data research for U.S. N...

The Easiest Colleges To Get Into

Posted 12.22.2012 | College

Freaking out over impossible acceptance odds? Never fear! There are colleges where there is literally no way you would not get in. US News and Wor...

The Top 100 College Rankings: A Practical Perspective

George Forsythe | Posted 12.03.2012 | College
George Forsythe

The list can sway student decisions and, of course, cause controversy among our fine institutions and academic leaders. The question future freshmen and their families must ask regarding the list is: "What does it all mean?"

The School Game

Susan D. Blum | Posted 12.01.2012 | Education
Susan D. Blum

We can keep calling for morality, but just as arguments to share the ball don't make any sense in football, the stakes of the education game compel students and faculty and administrators to compete win in the perceived zero-sum game.

State Champs!

The Huffington Post | Joey Francilus | Posted 09.12.2012 | Miami

U.S. News & World Report's annual "Best Colleges" rankings is out for 2013, and the University of Miami leads Florida's "big three" universities among...

US News And World Report's Newest Best Colleges List

The Huffington Post/ U.S. News And World Report | Katy Hopkins | Posted 09.12.2012 | College

The 2013 edition of the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings is out, with stability at the very top of both the National Universities and N...

College Rankings

Paula Wallace | Posted 10.29.2012 | College
Paula Wallace

In a culture where college rankings hold serious sway, cases of discrepancies and outright manipulations in self-reported data are a big deal -- as well they should be.

'Best College' Lists Leave Out the Most Important Ranking of All

Danny Rubin | Posted 10.14.2012 | College
Danny Rubin

It's become an American pastime: ranking our top colleges and universities. Everyone -- parents, teens and alums -- are drawn to these lists with a curiosity that borders on egocentric.

'News' You Can Lose

José Cruz | Posted 11.21.2011 | College
José Cruz

This "celebritization" of higher education may have earned U.S. News a handsome profit over the years, but it says little about how well these institutions actually perform their primary charge: educating students.

Are College Rankings Out of Step with America's Future?

Nancy Cantor | Posted 11.20.2011 | College
Nancy Cantor

At the very moment when voices are being raised all across our country to ensure our national competitiveness by educating the broadest, most diverse population we've ever had, U.S. News rewards institutions for the number of students whom they can reject.