Stop Looking at Rankings: The Chronicle


Maguire Associates' Senior Consultant Richard Freeland, former President of Northeastern University, challenges ratings rancor. Read the case he makes in The Chronicle's (9/12/2017) Point of View column.

How did your institution do in U.S. News & World Report this year? Much ado has been, and will be, made of upward and downward shifts after the September release of new rankings. Richard Freeland notes,

"...higher education has come a long way in providing information about institutional performance to the public, though the effort remains very much a work in progress. Why then, given all this progress, do the rankings, and especially the U.S. News rankings, continue to have so much influence over public opinion about colleges?"

Read the article, see if you agree with Richard's answers to this question, and let us know what you think the future holds for the role and responsibility of rankings.


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