I’ve talked a lot about the evil that are college rankings on this blog. Let me repeat myself. All college rankings suck. They mostly suck, because there is absolutely no difference between a college that is ranked 12 and a college that is ranked 25. None. If your kid wants to be a doctor, he’ll be a doctor if he goes to college 12 or college 25. If your kid wants to be an accountant, she’ll be an accountant if she goes to college 1 or college 40, especially if she had the drive to get accepted to college 1, but ended up at college 40 for a variety of reasons. Not only will she end up as an accountant, but she’ll make the same money if she goes to college 40, rather than college 1.
College rankings suck because they have forced schools to make a whole lot of huge changes to the way that colleges operate and not in ways that necessarily benefit the students.
College rankings suck because they fail to include a whole lot of variables that do impact your kid’s access to smart, interesting, vibrant, life-changing classes.
Today, the big debate is about how they should determine which schools offer the best “bang for your buck.” (Congrats to my many friends who teach at Queens College.) I like that “value” is a key consideration for parents, but I could poke some holes in this new ranking.