Sunday, October 30, 2011

Med School Deans Slam US News Rankings

Law Schools are not the only professional schools that groan over the US News rankings. Medical schools have the same complaints. Recently US News held a meeting with med school deans to discuss the rankings. The deans voiced all the familiar complaints.

Medical school deans swung hard at U.S. News & World Report's annual medical school rankings in a panel discussion here on Thursday, painting the magazine's methodology as a one-size-fits-all measure that is flawed by its use of inadequate metrics, low response rates, conflict-of-interest issues, and a "reputational" survey that may be based on decades-old perceptions.

 The sad part about it is the US News editors did nothing but defend themselves. They seem unable to accept well-deserved criticism. Here is a report from the Chronicle of Higher Education online.


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