Shrinking Numbers, Changing Values

Ry Rivard, Ignatia Webs, Sept 23, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes

In this [post it becomes clear that the values represented by university ranking initiatives count against universities reaching out to recruit the poor and disenfranchised. Which (in my view) was exactly the purpose of these rankings in the first place: not to measure the quality of universities, but to skew them toward the values espoused by the rankers. With publications like U.S. News & World Report being behind the rankings, you can infer for yourself what those values are.

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