UCLA loses to USC, but is Still Afraid to Challenge Chico State in College Rankings!

     It is college ranking season again, sponsored by US News and World Report.  Once again, US News left Chico State out of their ranking system, I think because the big kids thought that they would lose if it came to any measure of undergraduate education.  After all as I have long asserted, Chico State beats UC Berkeley when it comes to quality of undergraduate teaching; what possible advantage could some university in southern California hope to have over any of us in northern California?! 

    Nevertheless, during this season professors steeped in the scientific method and research courses throw caution aside, and loudly brag about whatever significance such rankings may or may not have.  For whatever it is worth the University of Southern California (USC) now out ranks the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), a story that made the front page of the Los Angeles Times.

    Notably, even the staid Atlantic magazine seems to have taken up my cause, with their recent story which asked “What’s Wrong with the American University System?” by Jennie Rothenbert Gritz, an alumna of UC Berkeley, no less.  She agrees with my original posting that the US News ranking system is unrelated to the quality of undergraduate education, too!

3 Responses to “UCLA loses to USC, but is Still Afraid to Challenge Chico State in College Rankings!”

  1. Rick Holden says:

    Here’s an interview with the guy that wrote that book. http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/351585/august-25-2010/stephen-colbert-university—andrew-hacker

    I’m a little pissed myself that some of the best jobs out there for anths outside academia require a PhD. I understand requiring a PhD in lieu of 5 or 6 years of experience, or to be a PI on government sponsored projects and the like, but to have a minimum qualification be a PhD seems a bit much, especially when the same firms take an MA with experience for most other fields.

  2. Tony Waters says:

    No argument intended. It is a polemic-I was just blowing off steam. I promise my next blog will be about something else! Or at least I will blow off steam about something else.

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