Rebel college administrators roar at ‘US News & World Report’

The growing movement against US News & World Report's college ranking system has been getting a decent amount of press lately. The...

The growing movement against US News & World Report's college ranking system has been getting a decent amount of press lately. The backlash come from college administrators themselves, who say the rankings present a false picture of college life and "degrade for students the educational value of the college search process."

Today I spoke to both a representative from USNWR, and to Lloyd Thacker, the director of the Education Conservancy, a group leading the movement against the current rankings system. The magazine emphasizes its own transparency in its methodology, and points out that the rankings are targeted toward prospective college students -- not college presidents.

Thacker, though, describes a growing movement that he said has already garnered the formal support of nearly 30 schools. He says that many more may soon be signing on, and hopes for a future in which the USNWR rankings become an anachronism because colleges themselves will be sharing hard data all around. He even has a tagline for the movement: "Beyond Ranking," as opposed to (another tagline) "ranksteering."

Both sides certainly have quite a bit at stake in the battle. I'm working on an upcoming piece on the this for our media analysis section so keep your eyes open for the hot college-on-college action!

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