In one possible sign that criticism of U.S. News and World Report’s annual college rankings is having an effect, the overall response rate to the magazine’s reputational survey plunged to its lowest level ever. The Chronicle of Higher education reports that this year’s issue arrives during a “season of intense scorn” in which an increasing number of colleges are challenging the rankings’ educational relevance.
MU came in at 91 in this year’s rankings, tied with the University of Alabama and Nebraska-Lincoln. It’s also a slight drop from 2006, when MU was ranked 88th.
In July, MU Provost Brian Foster told the Missourian that such rankings rely too much on variables such as endowment size and the number of incoming freshman, rather than on research output and overall quality of education. Foster also pointed out that MU accepts nearly 89 percent of applicants, while Princeton, which has been the top-ranked college for several years running, only accepts 11 percent of applicants.