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Change is good, especially when it comes to rating colleges and universities. I respect U.S. News and World Report for its innovation 26 years ago in creating college rankings and its efforts to keep the message fresh. But that particular citadel is showing its age.

So, congratulations to the following: Inside Higher Ed, first, for reporting on the “gaming” of the numbers by Clemson and, yesterday, reporting on the publicly available reputation surveys; the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, which has just launched a rating system based on what kind of general education (“core curricum”) 125 schools require of their students; and, of course, to Forbes, which under the tutelage of Richard Vedder is trying to come up with outcome-based measures to rank colleges. It’s really a new day!


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