While it was good to hear news about how well various CU schools have done in the recent U.S. News ranking of graduate programs, it’s good to remember that these rankings can cut both ways.
More important, though, is the issue of methodology. Malcolm Gladwell’s recent piece in The New Yorker (excerpted here) provides some serious reasons to take U.S. News rankings with at least a grain of salt.
I’m all for self-congratulation, but let’s be careful how much we link our (genuine) merit to U.S. News’ money-making contrivance. Too fulsome an embrace of their lack of rigor will imply our own. Let’s not.