November 19, 2012

George Washington University is the latest school to admit that it provided inflated data to U.S. News & World Report for its annual list of top colleges. The university’s punishment — it was dropped from the list [“GWU is omitted from rankings,” Metro, Nov. 15] — has students and alumni scrambling to adjust to the fact that the magazine no longer anoints their school an elite institution. But has anything changed?

Have GWU students suddenly been deprived of a good education? Are graduates losing jobs because U.S. News no longer regards their alma mater as a top school? Is it any less crazy to spend $200,000 or more on a college education — any college education?

As my son goes through the stressful college-application process, I have always counseled him to find the school that is the best fit. As the song in “Carousel” concludes, “all the rest is talk.”

Marci Greenstein, Bethesda

George Washington University students need not be concerned by their school’s academic un-ranking by a popular news periodical. The value of a GWU education comes primarily from the quality of its academicians, including a Nobel Prize recipient, and the access to two of the country’s greatest academic resource centers: the Library of Congress and the National Archives. Further, Washington affords students an opportunity to observe the proceedings of Congress and the Supreme Court.

GWU students should be proud of their first-class education. Yes, the cost is high, but years from today they will realize that it was worth every dollar spent.

Roger O. Moore, Columbia