Are Top College Rankings Reliable?

UCSD’s Guardian newspaper makes the argument the most of the college rankings systems aren’t thorough enough and they often skimp on being scientific about their metrics.

As it can seem unnecessarily expensive and exhaustive to visit college campuses or do in-depth research outside of pamphlets and Web sites, rankings systems such as U.S. News and World Report’s annual “America’s Best Colleges” carry dangerous weight. But any prospective college kid — not to mention the general public — should take care to evaluate a publication’s methodology before letting those rankings affect their own opinion.

Notice that last sentence. How many students are really going to evaluate a publications methodology? Instead of doing that, we propose that there should be a watchdog group that independently evaluates the ranking systems for quality. That way students will know which publications to trust.

From: Top-College Rankings Oversimplify Research

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