The Ratings Game


Another end of summer, another U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges list. While college administrators may publicly dismiss rankings as beneath them, when the rankings are favorable, you'll find them featured prominently on a school's website.
Admissions deans are under constant pressure to improve their rankings. The fact that the University of Pennsylvania, my alma mater, fell from fourth to seventh place in the 2007 U.S. News & World Report rankings, is probably...

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