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: What the backlash to the new U.S. News college ranking methodology is really about

The publication’s change to emphasize outcomes rankled some schools — like Vanderbilt University, which fell several spots

Leadership at Vanderbilt University took issue with methodology changes in the U.S. News rankings.

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When their schools received high rankings, college leaders touted the annual U.S. News list of the country’s best colleges, but, when their rankings dropped a year later, they complained about the list or stopped participating. 

So what does it mean for a college to offer a high-quality education? That question is at the heart of the continued controversy over the methodology U.S. News & World Report uses to rank colleges in America. 


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