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In 1983, U.S. News & World Report began to rank America’s colleges. More than 30 years later, they continue to release yearly lists of the “best” schools in the U.S. We talk with Inside Higher Ed’s Scott Jaschik and U.S. News’ Robert Morse about how these rankings have shaped how students select colleges in America.
- , the CEO and Editor of Inside Higher Ed, believes the rankings oversimplify the college selection process. Instead of just looking at numerous ratings, he says, students and parents should visit schools and think about individual interests, strengths, and preferences, in order to find the right fit.
- Since 1987, has served as the chief data strategist at U.S. News. He doesn’t believe that the rankings he helps produce should be the only factor that students consider. But he does think that aggregating data is crucial, and such data can help fill a void for students who don’t have the luxury of individual college counselling.
- College rankings aren’t just popular with students and parents — they affect school administrators, too. In 2012, Claremont McKenna admitted that its dean of admissions had .
- In September 2017, titled “How U.S. News college rankings promote economic inequality on campus.” Morse to this story on the U.S. News website.
- The Institute for Family Studies has more on the .
- Check out this profile of Robert Morse’s work on college rankings in .
- Want to understand the specifics of how U.S. News calculates their list? Check out their .