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Colleges: Making the Grade?


by Karen Gift & Thomas Gift — April 13, 2012

Despite frequent complaints that U.S. News has poisoned the college admissions process, schools have done precious little to combat the rankings infatuation. If higher education is serious about reversing the negative consequences—and perverse incentives—that stem from the one-number-fits-all U.S. News craze, it needs to devise a viable alternative. The best solution is to track student performance—from the first hour students walk in the door to years after they earn a diploma—and then make this information readily accessible. This would allow for meaningful comparisons of schools on metrics that matter most to prospective freshman and their families.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: April 13, 2012
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 16758, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 9:32:56 AM

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  • Karen Gift
    Duke University Law School
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    KAREN GIFT is a third-year law student at Duke University School of Law and a graduate of Yale University.
  • Thomas Gift
    Duke University
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    THOMAS GIFT is a doctoral candidate in political science at Duke University and a graduate of Washington & Lee University.
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