Believe it or not, you're heading toward this topic like a speeding bullet train! Think about it, it's almost mid-term (January) which means that you'll be 1/2 through your Junior year or to put it differently, you're ONLY a year and a half from GRADUATING!!! (Ok, reality just slapped you in the face!!)
U.S. News & World Report this week released its annual college rankings,
which include data on nearly 1,800 colleges and universities. This
year, Princeton came out on top of the national university rankings,
while Williams College stayed in the top spot among national liberal
This year, the rankings formula was changed to place more emphasis on student outcomes.
"U.S. News strives to provide students and their families with the most
comprehensive data available," said U.S. News' director of data
research, Bob Morse, in a statement. "Measuring outcomes is critical to
understanding how well a school retains and educates its students." High
school rank, meanwhile, received less weight than in years past.
Of course, the release of the rankings also brought out the critics. Here's a sampling of the headlines: "Why U.S. News' college rankings hurt students"; "Why U.S. News college rankings shouldn't matter to anyone."
(Click on these links to read the articles) Critics claim that the rankings give universities bad incentives when
it comes to raising tuition and ginning up oversized pools of
applicants; they also claim that the rankings don't place enough
emphasis on affordability or the job prospects of graduates.
Even President Obama got in on the action recently, when, while
announcing that the U.S. Department of Education would be releasing college ratings of its own,
he said, "Right now, private rankings like U.S. News & World Report
puts out each year encourages a lot of colleges to focus on ways to
game the numbers, and it actually rewards them, in some cases, for
raising costs. I think we should rate colleges based on opportunity. Are
they helping students from all kinds of backgrounds succeed?"
Topic Question: Are College rankings beneficial or do they really matter when it comes to selecting a college?