Mar 24, 2006, 11:59 AM
Re: [soulzenful] U.S. News and Worst Report
Rankings are impossible, even with the best of criteria, because everyone's needs are different.
That all doesn't mean that rankings are impossible. It just means you need to understand WHAT the rankings are ranking.
For example, the US News rankings aren't measureing "what programs are best for you" they are measuring which programs have the best reputation amongst other creative writing faculty. (So a combination of the programs quality and prestige)
I could put out a ranking of programs based on what percent of the students they fund. That works fine, it isn't impossible. When reading the rankings (for anything) the reader just needs to keep in mind what is being judged (hint: It is never judging one individual readers best fit...)
(This post was edited by Clench Million on Mar 24, 2006, 12:48 PM)