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  • My former employer is Peterson's [], an education information company that publishes four-year guides to colleges etc. I was quite pleased when I found out that my company actively avoided such rankings. I don't know where it is now, but they would every year put out a press release about how unreasonable and damaging are rankings such as USN&WR does.
    • It's nice to see someone being sensible about this. The worst thing is it feeds this idea that not only can everything be measured so precisely, but that it should. Blah.
      • Yeah. Part of their argument against such rankings is that no school is best for every student, and a school that might be ranked 98th might be the best school for you, so what's the point? To make you feel bad about your decision, or to make other people feel good about theirs? Even if the rankings weren't almost entirely flawed, they would serve no useful purpose, except to artificially puff up some people and schools, and put down others.