Monday, January 18, 2016

Ian Ayres (Yale) argues that the U.S. News rankings have actually helped low-ranked schools during the decline in applicants over the last few years

He sets out his theory here.  Briefly:  highly ranked schools have enrolled fewer students during the decline, rather than taking the more students with weaker credentials, in order to maintain their rank in U.S. News; the result was more students with good (but not top-flight) credentials available for lower-ranked schools.  To which I say:  maybe.  The decline in enrollments at top schools has been small, and many have seen declines in their student credentials anyway.  But it's an intriguing possibility!

https://leiterlawschool.typepad.com/leiter/2016/01/ian-ayres-yale-argues-that-the-us-news-rankings-have-actually-helped-low-ranked-schools-during-the-d.html

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