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Truth Revealed: US News Rankings Mean Nothing–and Everything

Doug Lederer and the folks at Inside Higher Ed bring us a story today of Clemson University and how it manipulates data to help move itself up in the US News & World Report annual rankings. These ranking bug me.  As an educational consultant, I am constantly having to explain that these rankings are at […]

Quality of the Educational Experience: Questions to Ask Admissions Officers

A couple of my previous posts have focused on student-to-faculty ratios and class size averages as indicators of educational quality. By and large, my conclusion is that these statistics are not all that helpful in uncovering the quality of the educational experience for a prospective undergraduate. So what to do? How can we compare and […]