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Things you should have read this week

by Tod Massa 8. August 2014 20:11

On Monday, George Cornelius blogged a response to Valerie Strauss' Washington Post article about Virginia's college presidents sending a letter to Secretary Duncan about the proposed ratings system. It's worth a read because it is important to see the contrasting thoughts of individuals that support the ratings concept. He also says a couple nice things about our work. As the former president of Bridgewater College, he clearly has some rather strong opinions.

The New York Times Upshot has announced it will be releasing its own rankings on September 8. This explains the recent factually-challenged pieces Upshot has run on net price.

Did you know that the American Association of Colleges and Universities once asked the federal government to rate colleges? They did. All the way back in 1911. Institutional leaders were so upset they fought to kill the ratings. Obviously, they were successful. Here is another story from Vox about the ratings. After Robert Kelchen at Seton Hall tweeted these links, Kieran Healy compared those ratings to US News & World Report. It is pretty cool.

Yesterday's InsideHigherEd had a blurb about a report that refutes the undermatching principle. One of the three co-authors is an institutional researcher, which lends more credibility to the study in my opinion. Someone that actually understands administrative datasets should have a better eye for what is happening.

Finally, also from InsideHigherEd, is the story of the New College of Florida and perils of performance funding. One of the implicit lessons here is being clear as to what state priorities are being addressed by higher education and reinforced by performance funding. A better lesson might be that states run the risk of forgetting that public higher education also serves national priorities and needs, not just those of the states. On the other hand, we can't forget that states compete with other - otherwise we wouldn't have dozens of state rankings.



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