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U.S. News Ranked Columbia No. 2, but a Math Professor Has His Doubts


Dr. Michael Thaddeus, Professor of Mathematics, Department of Mathematics, Columbia University identified several data discrepancies that Columbia University provided to U.S. News & World Report, renewing the debate over the value and accuracy of college rankings.

“I think the majority of institutions would be happy if the rankings went away,” said Colin Diver, a former president of Reed College, who has a book coming out about college rankings.

“But as long as the rankings are taken seriously by applicants, they’re going to be taken seriously by educators.”

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