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In The Missing “One-Offs”: The Hidden Supply of High-Achieving, Low Income Students, Caroline M. Hoxby and Christopher Avery revealed that many high-ability, low-income students aren’t attending top colleges, undermining the notion that higher education is as meritocratic as some claim. U.S. News & World Report’s* recent college rankings provide further proof to substantiate this point.Continue Reading »
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 ofContinue Reading »
One of the more popular predictions about the future of higher education is that hundreds of colleges will go out of business in the next decade, victims of the current economic crisis and an unsustainable financial model.
Perhaps there will be fewer small colleges, with some closing and others merging. More than half of American colleges and universities—some 2,500 institutions—enroll fContinue Reading »
Someone needs to tell U.S. News & World Report‘s Robert Morse that data he says he wants to include in his magazine’s high school rankings are already available. In a short interview with the Education Writers Association’s Emily Richmond, Morse said:
The rankings don’t tell us how students do once they leave a high-scoring high school – for exContinue Reading »
Ever since the White House introduced its College Scorecard, critics have emerged from every corner (including my colleague Jeff Selingo on this blog yesterday). The Scorecard is incomplete and does not evaluate the proper measures, we are told. Selecting a university and judging quality based on five variables limits and insults what a college education is all about. The data is too general anContinue Reading »
The fourth capability of Education Sector’s new Higher Ed Data Central that we would like to highlight (see links for the first, second, and third capabilities) is the ability to combine data from different databases. For example, merging U.S. News and World Report college rankings with Department of Education IPEDS data allows us to investigate various relationships, such as the chart below shContinue Reading »
Quick Hits is a short compilation of question-raising news stories, blog posts, and video clips that Education Sector team members are reading or viewing each day.They’re out again. (U.S. News & World Report) But why do the college rankings designed by U.S. News need major reworking? (Education Sector) And what are CCAP’s thoughts on them? (Center for College AfforContinue Reading »
I heartily recommend Daniel DeVise’s profile of Trinity Washington University president Pat McGuire in this weekend’s Washington Post magazine. McGuire and her colleagues embody much of what is good and right about higher education. By transforming a failing women’s college into thriving university dedicated to serving minority and first-generation students, she is working in Continue Reading »
If you write enough blog posts on a given topic, eventually p.r. people will start emailing you stuff in hopes of getting a mention. So it was a while back when someone from RADAR magazine sent me an advance copy of their annual list of “America’s Worst Colleges.” It’s funny and some of it is probably even true. Topping off the list for the second year is the University Continue Reading »
The U.S. News & World Report college rankings will be irrelevant in three years and dead in ten. They will not be killed by outright competitors like the Princeton Review, the Fiske Guide to Colleges, or even the recent Forbes magazine rankings utilizing Ratemyprofessor.com. They’ll be slayed by a 20-something named Jordan Goldman.
Goldman is not bringing us another set of rankContinue Reading »