Colleges boycott US NEWS survey


College presidents plan ‘U.S. News’ rankings boycott

Deriding the ratings system as a ‘beauty contest,’ dozens of schools have refused to fill out surveys from the newsweekly.

By Ben Arnoldy Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

OAKLAND, CALIF. – A revolt is brewing among college presidents against the influential college rankings put out each year by U.S. News & World Report.

Dozens of schools have recently refused to fill out surveys used to calculate ranks, and efforts are now afoot for a collective boycott.

Colleges have complained in the past about the rankings. But recent events have rallied opposition, including the tying of presidential pay to ranking at Arizona State University and accusations by the president of Sarah Lawrence College that the magazine threatened to use hocus-pocus data to stand in for average SAT scores at the school.

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