Monday, April 20, 2009

Ouch - We'll Be Curled Up in the Fetal Position, Crying

Apparently this scan is legit. We can't imagine that this is good news. Perphaps the worst part is that they had to rank the three schools tied at 10th place in (what we really hope is) alphabetical order:

1. Yale
2. Harvard
3. Stanford
4. Columbia
5. NYU
6. University of California - Berkeley
6. Univerisity of Chicago
8. University of Pennsylvania
9. University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
10. Dook
10. Northwestern
10. UVA
13. Cornell
14. Georgetown

[...]
Tom Wolfe on USNWR (for a second opinion):
What a stupid joke! Here is this third-rate news weekly, aimed at businessmen who don’t like to read, trying desperately to move up in the race but forever swallowing the dust of Time and Newsweek, and some character dreams up a circulation gimmick: Let’s rank the colleges. Let’s stir up a fuss. Pretty soon all of American higher education is jumping through hoops to meet the standards of the marketing department of a miserable, lowbrow magazine out of Washington, D.C.! Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford . . . —all jumped through the hoop at the crack of the U.S. News whip!
HTH.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Despite being ahead of Duke in every major category (LSAT, GPA, Judge Assessement, Peer Assement, and Bar Passage Rate for the same jurisdiction), we are still tied. I guess the 0.7% difference in employed at graduation really makes up for every other category.

My best guess is that US News determines rankings similar to this (http://caveatemptorblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/south_park_bailout.png)

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Anonymous said...

assuming these are even accurate, who cares? This not meaningfully different than last year. Next year will be the year to watch.

Anonymous said...

Why does next year matter in particular?

Anonymous said...

10:38 might be referring to how UVA had a tremendous improvement in applications and selectivity for the 2012 class, much higher than the national average increase.

Anonymous said...

10:38 here

3:31 got it right - the applications here surged this year - probably something to do with the low cost of living in Cville (less debt for the same education). On top of that, UVA funds a fairly high % of its operating costs from tuition (vs. endowment related funds) as compared to the other T10 schools. This means that everybody else will be feeling the effects of the recession more than we do. With a bit of luck, that should lead to an ability to attract some more rising stars to the faculty and retain people that might otherwise get stolen away.

Anonymous said...

Sounds great! Thanks for filling us in. All hope not lost.

Anonymous said...

Hmm yeah, except 4 of our long tenured profs are bailing.

Anonymous said...

Which profs?

Also, not that that is good news, but so long as they are replaced it will not impact the USNWR rankings.

Anonymous said...

Blasi and Smith are definitely leaving. Word on the street is that Kraus might be going too. Wouldn't be surprised if Schragger and Goluboff didn't come back.

Anonymous said...

Goluboff is definitely coming back and will be teaching Constitutional History next year.

Anonymous said...

That's good. I would guess, then, that Schragger will be back too.