Sunday, October 30, 2011
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.