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March 28, 2007

Thoughts on US News rankings?

This year's US News rankings are out, and they are already being discussed broadly around the blogosphere as detailed here and here and here.  Commentary, rants and even praise(?) concerning the latest rankings are encouraged in the comments.

I'll start with a sports observation based on my own cynicism of the US News methodology.  I have long thought that success of a school's sports teams might raise US News rankings because of the positive buzz and name recognition that comes with football and basketball success.  But, providing anecdotal disproof of this hypothesis, the two schools that have dominated the college sports headlines this year, Florida and my own Ohio State, fared very differently in this year's rankings.   

Posted by DAB

March 28, 2007 in Rankings | Permalink

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Wow! Pepperdine took real steps to improve their academic reputation, and it really paid off with (according to these numbers) a 21-place jump. Kudos to them.

Posted by: Mark Osler | Mar 28, 2007 8:14:37 AM

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