Monday, October 10, 2005

Opting Out of the US News Rankings

Interesting essay by Colin Diver (Reed College's current President and former Dean of the University of Pennsylvania Law School) about Reed College's decision not to participate at all in the U.S. News college rankings.  Penn, of course, has taken the art of gaming the rankings, across the boards, to quite remarkable heights:  in both law and the undergraduate rankings, Penn ranks well ahead of where even its US News reputational scores would put it.  I always had the sense that Diver was never happy about the pressure to perform in US News when he was Dean at Penn, so it is nice to see that Reed has opted out so successfully.

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