September 26, 2016

Did Villanova University ‘Rise’ or ‘Fall’ in the US News Rankings?

If you’re a college basketball fan, its no doubt that you know that Villanova University was the 2016 National Champion in the NCAA Men’s Final Four. I have no doubt that Villanova will see more applications for admission this year—from college basketball fans, for sure—because winning certainly helps to get […]
July 18, 2016

Money Magazine Does Thorough Job On College Rankings–But They Cannot Be Your ‘Be-All, End-All’ For College Choices

Last week Money Magazine released its value-based college rankings. These relied on 24 measures in three statistical categories. I am not a statistician. But I do have some understanding of how to read and interpret statistics. I also know that, for example, a car magazine would not rank brand new small […]
July 7, 2016

The ‘Best Colleges’ in Forbes College Rankings Might Be…

I have not, and will probably never be, a fan of Forbes college rankings. I could have made their list with less time and money by matching up selectivity and endowment per student to come up with a set of “best colleges.” The exception that I might have had to consider […]
January 28, 2016

Is Harvard ‘America’s Best Undergraduate University’?

If there is a school that I have no reason to visit it’s Harvard. It’s not because I have already been there. It’s because Harvard’s brand image is probably stronger than the undergraduate education really is. Unless you’re a football fan who grew up rooting passionately for Notre Dame or […]
November 13, 2015

A College Ranking Based on Dollars and Cents That Makes No Sense

Yesterday I learned through peers in college counseling of a college site called StartClass.com that completed a college ranking based on salaries. The title of the story was Colleges Where Alumni Make Less Than High School Graduates.  Stories like these are nothing new. But what makes this college ranking different […]
October 13, 2015

The Best Private Liberal Arts College May Be….

This week I am traveling to visit several schools in New England. On Saturday I was the guest of a family that has a son attending Centre College (KY). As thanks I am reposting this piece while I travel–Ed. Those who visit this site frequently read my comments about college rankings. If you’re […]
October 5, 2015

U.S. News Best Colleges Guide Still Misses the Point About the ‘Best’ Colleges

The annual U.S. News Best Colleges guide, while universally scorned, is the still the driver of many a college search and many a college admissions marketing and “continuous Improvement” strategy in higher education. It’s easy to understand why. The people who assemble the U.S. News Best Colleges guide have no stake in where […]
September 21, 2015

Should There be an Independent College Rating Service?

Most recently I wrote about the Federal College Scorecard.  I stated that I did not believe that the Federal Government should get into the business of rating colleges or providing outdated or potentially misleading information. Politicians and their appointees should not be allowed to rate any public or private service, […]
September 18, 2015

A College Ranking Source Admits That College Rankings Are Misleading-While Publishing Misleading Rankings

USA Today has released its new college guide, using a new data collection partner. In prior years the publisher had worked with the Princeton Review to compile college rankings. That’s a huge mistake. Their data is poorly checked. This year they chose College Factual which does a much better job at […]