Tuesday, April 01, 2008
More suggestions about changing the rankings
See Brian Leiter's open letter to Bob Morse of USNWR (here). Although I don't agree with all of Brian's suggestions, I certainly commend his efforts to suggest ways of reducing schools' abilities to game the rankings with easily manipulable or fraudulent data. As I suggest in an earlier post (here), let's continue brainstorming ways to make these rankings more useful as a consumer tool. They're not going to go away, and they're not going to stop being ordinal in nature (my biggest objection to them); but at least we can suggest ways to make them less bad. Shout-outs to Anonymous (but any of you could take credit for the comment, as it's anonymous) and to Ann Bartow for their comments on my earlier post.