However imperfect, the rankings serve a purpose for parents about to spend large sums of money on a college education, writes John Miller on NRO.
The main problem with the U.S. News approach is that apart from weighing freshman retention and six-year graduation rates, its rankings donâ€™t measure the results of a college education. How many students land good jobs shortly after receiving their diplomas? How many go on to earn graduate degrees? How many simply know more?
Several surveys look at students’ engagement with their studies or critical thinking skills, but colleges rarely release these results. The Annapolis Group pledges to create a web site that will provide useful information to help students and parents compare colleges. But will it contain more than professor-student ratios?