- Colleges and universities have become a marketplace that treats student applicants like consumers. Why?
- This is the third story in a three-part series looking at elite-college admissions. Links to Parts 1 and 2 are presented below.
- Related: The Arrogant Ignorance of the 'Well-Educated'
Alia Wong, the Atlantic
Mar 30, 2016 | When the U.S. News & World Report rankings were first published in 1983, they equipped students with what had previously seemed to be top-secret information about colleges and universities. They highlighted the practical role of higher education—something in which students (and their families) were investing to improve their lives. “College is expensive,” said Robert Morse, the chief data strategist for U.S. News, via email. “U.S. News’s mission is to arm students with good data, enabling them to sift through lots of complicated information when deciding which school is the right fit for them.” The rankings allow students to compare schools in an (arguably) apples-to-apples way—allowing students to, according to Morse, “navigate the complex process of choosing the best school for them” and creating “a national move towards greater transparency in the education industry.”
Many educators see the rankings in an entirely different way.
Alia Wong is an associate editor at the Atlantic <http://www.theatlantic.com>, where she oversees the education section.
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Series | Looking at elite-college admissions, Part 2: Where College Admissions Went Wrong
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Series | Looking at elite-college admissions, Part 1: The Absurdity of College Admissions
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The Arrogant Ignorance of the 'Well-Educated' Joseph Pearce, Intellectual Takeout
To be “well-educated” is not merely ignorance, it is the arrogance of ignorance.