The College Rankings Revolt Heats Up

Twelve liberal-arts school presidents are pressing others to boycott the peer-assessment section of U.S. News & World Report's annual appraisal

A dozen college presidents are setting the stage for what they hope will become a wide-scale rebellion against the annual college rankings compiled by U.S. News & World Report. In a letter dated May 5, the presidents are urging their colleagues at an estimated 1,000 liberal-arts schools to refuse to participate in a portion of the survey in which they're asked to rate other schools. The letter calls the survey "misleading" and says it does little to serve prospective students.

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