November 23, 2007
Boycotting Rankings Is Not the Answer
I received a call not long ago from another college president asking if Clarkson University was willing to join the bandwagon to boycott U.S. News and World Report's annual rankings of "America's best colleges." He was contemplating an invitation to be part of a group of colleges that had decided not to participate. After all, my colleague asked, wasn't I upset that U.S. News had dubbed my top-tier national university an "A+ School for B Students"?
Actually, no, I responded, not if I