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Cashing In With Dubious College Rankings

Last week, The Princeton Review released its annual publication, The Best 368 Colleges. Inevitably the book generates tremendous press coverage each year and lots of sales. I just checked the book’s rank on and it was the online book seller’s 400th most popular title. To put this number in perspective, sells well over […]

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College Rankings: Playing With Better Numbers

Perhaps the biggest problem with college rankings is that millions of people believe them. When U.S. News & World Reports declares that Notre Dame is the nation’s 19th best university, rarely will anybody dispute that number. When the magazine ranks the University of Chicago and the University of Virginia as 9th and 23rd among the […]

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