Why do U.S. News rankings punish test-optional colleges?
By David Rosen (The Washington Post).
Every year around this time U.S. News & World Report issues its ranked list of America’s “best” colleges. And every year an inevitable handwringing ensues – among academics, anyway – about what the rankings mean, and whether they’re of any use at all. Pose this question to most professionals in higher education, and you’ll likely get a resounding “no.” The flat numerical scores, which receive the most attention, say little about what makes any college or university
good or bad. The rankings say less still about the alchemy that makes a school the right “fit” for any given student. On the other hand, many high school seniors (and their parents) take the rankings seriously – which means, in turn, that college admissions officers and marketers need to take them seriously as well. It’s a good bet that Princeton’s current No. 1 status will find its way into the university’s advertising materials posthaste.
So it goes every year. This time around, however, the questions about the U.S. News lists have suddenly seemed more pressing and personal – because Trinity College, where I teach, has found itself demoted from 38th to 44th place among small colleges. When something bad like this happens, it makes sense to figure out what went wrong. In this case, the question of “what went wrong” is surprisingly fraught, and speaks to some deep divides in American education. Read full articlehttps://testprepprofessionals.com/u-s-news-rankings-punish-test-optional-colleges/College Admissions NarrativeACT,SAT,test flexible,test optional,us newsBy David Rosen (The Washington Post). Every year around this time U.S. News & World Report issues its ranked list of America’s “best” colleges. And every year an inevitable handwringing ensues – among academics, anyway – about what the rankings mean, and whether they’re of any use at all. Pose...Kevin OrganisciakKevin Organisciakinfo@testprepprofessionals.comAdministratorTest Prep & Tutoring Professionals (TPP) began as a PR clipping service through Linkedin. TPP quickly gained momentum and became a niche consulting service to small and medium sized tutoring, test prep, and admissions consulting firms. We've been around for just over 6 years. Our founder, Kevin Organisciak, spent ten years as a senior executive with Kaplan Test Prep. He earned distinctions and awards, culminating with his induction to the Kaplan Fellows, President's Circle, and Kaplan Leadership Development Program. During his tenure, Kevin worked on over 120 marketing campaigns, drafted 150 budgets, oversaw a Six Sigma operating environment, and trained and developed over fifteen now VPs and Senior Directors. That last piece is what led Kevin to coaching and consulting.The Association for Test Prep, Admissions, and Private Tutoring Professionals