It’s that time again. The eagerly awaited 2014 U.S. News & World Report college and university rankings are out. Though the methodology behind the rankings was changed this year to reflect a greater emphasis on output measures such as graduation rates—weighted at 30 percent—the schools in the top slots look about the same. Likewise, the world university rankings for 2014 show only a bit of leap-frogging among the most prestigious institutions. (U.S. News & World Report and The Guardian)
Michelle Obama, where are you? Tight budgets across the country have resulted in more schools serving controversial, ammonia-treated beef in their cafeterias. Two million pounds of this “lean finely textured beef,” made with remnant scraps of cattle carcasses that were once deemed too fatty to go into human food, were ordered as of September 3rd. (Politico)
Schools at the frontlines. In response to the Syrian conflict, Lebanon has opened its public schools to every Syrian child wishing to attend. A flood of an estimated 480,000 school age (6-14) Syrians will be in Lebanon by the end of the year—nearly 1000 new students arriving each day. While this influx will be dispersed between public and private schools across the country, Lebanese school officials face enormous challenges. (The World Bank, Voices and Views blog)
Too idealistic? Generational differences, age differences, or perhaps a combination of both–a study finds that two-thirds of college students think they’re going to change the world. (Pacific Standard)
Written by Education Sector Policy Intern Anne Mishkind.