Wednesday, February 08, 2012
The Claremont McKenna scandal has brought about an avalanche of opinions concerning the assorted college ranking lists thrust upon the American public, the U.S. News list being the most notorious of course.
I've chimed in before about my feelings about the rankings and I'm certainly not alone. Here is a particularly good critique from CNN.com written by Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, president emeritus and university professor of public service at The George Washington University.
I wonder how many other schools have submitted false data to inflate their rankings? I'm sure many, if not most, game the system to some extent. But Claremont McKenna has stepped over the line, and if there is any good that comes out of their transgression, it's the renewed focus, such as in the CNN article above, on the flawed nature of the rankings.