USNews -- What's in a Ranking?
And that, my friends, is exactly the problem:
|Way to go, Morse.
Didn't George Orwell write about this?
Another problem with the ranking is that it combines, apples, oranges, steaks and Studebakers; even Lewis Carroll made more sense!
Just for instance: it might mean something to know that UCLA has a bar pass rate of over 90% in a state (California) with a bar pass rate of 85%. But how do we compare that to Wisconsin's 100% bar pass rate? U. Wisconsin grads don't take a bar exam — they pass automatically! UW and Marquette ace the bar pass ranking. And Indiana U. at Indianapolis (where students DO take a bar exam) doesn't have a bar pass rate — explain that one, please!
While we're on the subject of secret numbers, lets talk about the nifty new part time ranking over here.
So my verdict is that the US News ranking is the most meaningless number you can look at. There's some good data published, and some interesting background info, but the ranking itself is worse than bad.