Looks like U.S. News and World Report is being dealt another setback as some smart college administrators realize that playing up your school’s numbers isn’t the best way to get top-notch frosh. From the New York Times:
The presidents of dozens of liberal arts colleges have decided to stop participating in the annual college rankings by U.S. News and World Report.
The decision was announced Tuesday at the end of an annual meeting of the Annapolis Group, a loose association of liberal arts colleges. After two days of private meetings here, the organization released a statement that said a majority of the 80 presidents attending had “expressed their intent not to participate in the annual U.S. News survey.”
The commitment, which some college presidents said was made by a large majority of participants, represents the most significant challenge yet to the rankings, adding colleges like Barnard, Sarah Lawrence and Kenyon to a growing rebellion against the magazine, participants said.
I forgot to mention that I’m Wesleyan’s representative for the U.S. Board of Higher Education Statistics, the consortium that these schools will work with to develop a new college ratings guide.
Just kidding. :-P