Wednesday, October 2, 2013

World University Rankings: Bad News, Good News

Start with some bad news: The 2013-14 Times Higher Education World University Rankings are out (I refuse to link to silly rankings).

More bad news: Indiana University (132) is only the third best university in the state, ranking below both Purdue (62) and Notre Dame (90).

But there is some good news: The rankings are, in the wonderful words of Jeremy Bentham, "nonsense upon stilts."

However, there's even more bad news: Many people treat the rankings as significant of something; after all, they're based on objective criteria, right?

To end on a more positive note: Those people are wrong.

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