The University posted a press release Monday touting the fact that it has once again been ranked in the Top 10 by U.S. News & World Report. It was also among 15 institutions listed as “Great Schools at Great Prices.”
On a personal note, I’m glad the school made the Top 10 again given that I mentioned the rankings a few times earlier this month while talking with potential candidates for our two communication faculty openings. It would have been a bit embarrassing if we had dropped out of the Top 10 after that.
The rankings themselves have a been a matter of dispute in the press recently, with 46 institutions saying they will no longer participate. Newsweek says the decision to pull out is self-serving. The Philadelphia Inquirer says it is a reaction to a situation wherein U.S. News’ power has “gotten out of hand.”
Read the critiques, then check out U.S. News’ methodology and decide for yourself how much value you would like to place on their rankings.