Publication Date

Fall 2005


[Excerpt] The rankings exacerbate, but are not the major cause of the increased competition in American higher education that has taken place over the last few decades. The real shame is that this competition has institutions focusing on improving the selectivity of their entering first-year classes. Institutions appear to be increasingly valued for the test scores of the students they attract, not for their value added to their students and to society.


Suggested Citation
Ehrenberg, R. G. (2005). Method or madness? Inside the U.S. News & World Report College Rankings [Electronic version]. Journal of College Admission, 189, 29-35.

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© 2005 Journal of College Admission, a publication of the National Association for College Admission Counseling. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.