And some good news, from Inside Higher Ed:
‘U.S. News’ Sees Drop in ParticipationRead the whole thing at 'U.S. News' Sees Drop in Participation
Even though many colleges will boast today about their placement in the annual rankings by U.S. News & World Report, more colleges than ever are declining to participate in the survey that makes up the single largest part of the magazine’s formula.
Only 46 percent of colleges returned the “reputational” survey, where presidents rate similar institutions. This peer survey is particularly controversial because it is viewed as unscientific and likely to reward colleges that had great reputations in the past. But it makes up 25 percent of the magazine’s formula — more than the statistics gathered on such factors as graduation rates, faculty resources and so forth.