U.S. News college rankings under attack

It’s hard to understand why the college rankings that U.S. News began 40 years ago are only now being savaged (“The Unraveling of the U.S. News College Rankings,” The Wall Street Journal, Mar. 22).  After all, if they don’t benefit students, hasn’t that always been true? 

Ranking colleges is bound to be controversial.  But I think the outcry is overwrought.  Is it because administrators want to escape accountability? High school seniors and their parents are sophisticated enough not to make choices solely on the basis of what U.S. News publishes.

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