January 31, 1997
Alma College's President Urges Boycott of"U.S. News" Rankings
The president of Alma College is asking officials at 480 liberal-arts institutions to boycott requests by U.S. News & World Report for their views of peer institutions.
Each spring, the magazine asks college presidents and other high-ranking officials to rank their peers. That"academic-reputation vote," as Alma calls it, accounts for 25 per cent of each college's final position in the U.S. News rankings.
Last fall, Alma College surveyed 158 presidents,