The Answer Sheet: college rankings

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 09/10/2013

Why U.S. News college rankings shouldn’t matter to anyone

Another year, another set of college rankings from U.S. News & World Report. What do they really mean?

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:12 PM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 04/14/2010

Choosing a college isn't about cachet, rankings

A college admissions expert advices high school seniors deciding where to go to college to throw away the U.S. News and World Report rankings, and pick the school that fits them best.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:00 AM ET, 04/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:30 AM ET, 01/28/2010

Top college rankings vs. endowments

When I looked at the list of top college endowments (a new report on these funds was released today) I had a nagging feeling that I had seen the same schools on a different list. Then I remembered: Many of the top 10 schools were the same as those on >U.S. News & World Report’s 2009 list of top national universities (which actually looks very similar to lists of years past). Take a look at the following lists, and then the reason I find this problematic.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:30 AM ET, 01/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)