U.S. News made some changes this year to the presentation and ranking methodology for the new, 2012 edition of our Best Colleges rankings. This article explains the methodology changes in detail, including how U.S. News updated the rankings categories; in most cases, these category changes were the main explanation for the biggest movements in this year's Best Colleges rankings. There are also many schools that are new to the 2012 Best Colleges rankings due to these changes.
If you are interested in obtaining an in-depth understanding about the rankings, see the full listing of all the methodologies and data used in all the new Best Colleges rankings.
Since the new Best Colleges rankings came out, there have been many articles written about them in newspapers and other publications across the country. Some of the articles and commentary quote academics and experts who are critical of the rankings, while others are positive. Here are links to some of the more notable coverage about the new Best Colleges rankings from the last few days:
- Chronicle of Higher Education: "What Are the Hurdles to Change in Higher Education?"
- Chronicle of Higher Education: "U.S. News' Keeps Courting High-School Counselors"
- Inside Higher Ed: "U.S. News' Participation Drops"
- New York Times: "Forget Who's No. 1 or No. 138: How to Use the U.S. News Rankings"
- San Francisco Chronicle/Bloomberg: "Harvard Retains Top Spot on U.S. News 2012 Best College Rankings"
- TIME: "U.S. News & World Report's Shocker-Free 2012 College Rankings"
- ABC News: "U.S. News and World Report Ranks Best Colleges"
- Los Angeles Times: "Deciphering U.S. News & World Report's 2012 best-college rankings"
- Reuters: "Princeton joins Harvard atop US News college list"
- The Washington Post: "The problem with the U.S. News college rankings"
- The Washington Post: "At the top of the U.S. News rankings, a five-way tie"