How to Make College Rankings Less Self-Serving

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Gwenda Kaczor for The Chronicle

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Gwenda Kaczor for The Chronicle

This week college administrators will parse U.S. News & World Report's annual college rankings with the careful attention of Talmudic scholars. Institutions at the top of the rankings will blithely declare the scores unimportant. Those even a few places below will say their placements do not recognize their institution's unique form of excellence. Faculty and administrators everywhere will decry U.S. News's influence.

Every spring, presidents, provosts,