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Friday, August 21, 2009


The rankings that get the most attention and took a weekly news magazine from struggling to best selling, are out.

A few years ago, Jack Blackburn told me he met with the team that cooks up the methodology behind one of the major names in college rankings and he said they were absolutely convinced that they had determined the very best way to rate schools. Even gentle suggestions that other factors could come into play (student satisfaction, for example), weren't of interest.

Of course, the methodology gets tweaked each year and there's bound to be some shuffling. Inside Higher Ed has a run down of the changes in their Ratings Frenzy piece.