Tuesday, August 07, 2007

My alma mater: Dropping out

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Originally uploaded by rbglasson.
My alma mater, Trinity College in Hartford, wants to drop out of the U.S. News & World Report's college ranking... not because the school doesn't score high enough (nationally, Trinity is in the top 30 liberal arts colleges), but because the rankings in "college guides is providing students with a warped and misleading perspective of schools."

From Andrew Larson of the Republican-American:
Trinity College ranks 30th among liberal arts colleges nationwide. But if the Hartford school had its way, it wouldn't rank at all. Trinity is one of more than 40 colleges in the Annapolis Group, an association of top liberal arts schools, refusing to participate in U.S. News & World Report's college rankings.

At the group's annual meeting in June, most of the 80 college presidents initially voiced their intentions not to participate in U.S. News' survey.
While I think the rankings are interesting, and I'm always pleased to see one of my alma maters rank in a "top" list, I have to agree that they're really useless when it comes to helping kids choose a college.

Kathleen Boelhouwer, spokeswoman for Trinity College and a classmate of mine, said,
Providing straightforward data for parents and high school students who are researching their college choices is important, but creating an algorithm and ranking schools based on the measures that currently exist is not something we support.
Indeed, the rankings are less-than-helpful. Cool, but useless in helping someone choose a college.

Virginia colleges that are members of the Annapolis Group include:
  • Randolph-Macon College
  • Randolph College
  • Sweet Briar College
  • Washington and Lee University
  • Hampden-Sydney College
  • Hollins University
See Mr. Larson's article for the full read.

1 comment:

  1. I've heard rumblings about this the last few years at H-SC alumni functions. Can't say that I'm surprised. Or disappointed.