I’m impressed with the insight of this post and compare it to rather uninsightful articles I’ve read about “rankings” of my new hometown of El Paso, Texas, compared with its cross-border sister of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
The release of the US News & World Report college rankings is as good an excuse as any to talk about the sheer ridiculousness of organising complex institutions into rank order and pert decimal scores.
- The ranking is flawed. The methodology constantly changes, schools juke their stats, it’s based on bullshit surveys that only measure the school’s established reputation, etc. The data might be good enough to distinguish Harvard University from Southern Methodist Tech, but there is too much noise to say that Yale is better than Princeton or that Oregon State is better than Penn State.
- Most of the information we use to determine the quality of education isn’t readily measurable. How good are the teachers? Do…
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