Stop Looking at Rankings. Use Academe’s Own Measures Instead
As the higher-education community begins the new academic year, we also prepare for the latest round of college rankings from U.S. News & World Report. We can expect coverage on which colleges have risen and which have fallen, followed by the usual laments from institutions’ presidents about how meaningless these rankings really are. My own perspective as a former university president differs, as I believe the rankings play a useful, though imperfect, role in providing information.
Originally published: September 8, 2017
Author: Richard M. Freeland
Position: President Emeritus
Institution: Northeastern University
Published by: The Chronicle of Higher Ed