I can’t bring myself to label this one a shameless plug. I’ve been sitting on this news for a couple of days, but since they finally put it on their website, it’s time to let loose:
Disclaimer – if you read this blog you already know that I think most of the rankings are not terribly useful, and are basically just ways to sell magazines that should be viewed with a strong skepticism. That being said, every now and then they do get things right, for instance:
US News has their 2009 rankings out (on newstands tomorrow, just up on their website). Since their main rankings are mostly about how much money a school spends (really, it’s a HUGE factor in their ranking – not how they spend money, just how much) they added a very reasonable new feature – what are the schools to watch that don’t make it in their rankings methods. In other words, if you were listing schools that don’t spend gazillions but are still incredible, who would rank? So they made a list.
I think it’s a pretty good list. This will quickly become obvious. Wait for it.
Of course, it’s just based on the EXPERTS – the admissions deans, provosts, and presidents at other universities (did I vote for us, you ask? You BET I did!) sent in their nominations and that’s just based on opinions. Still, I do think in this case their judgment is incredibly astute.
Also note that College of Charleston, the new home of blog contributor Jimmie Foster, made the top list for the southern region! Congrats!
So, in closing, I’d like to offer my heartfelt thanks to all those deans, provosts, and presidents that clearly recognized the incredble advantages available at George Mason University, and encourage each of you to follow in their wisdom. Now I have to go – its hard to type through my big salty tears of joy. Be seeing you.
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