« on: March 30, 2007, 10:17:16 AM »
Some comments about UNC's drop from the 20s to 30s in the rankings:
UNC's reputation ranking remains top 20. The rankings reflect data taken during a transition period here -- while we still had an interim dean, and before the University agreed that it needed to up its commitment to the law school. This is reflected in improving areas which were our weak points and are largely the cause of our lower ranking. First, career services -- now we have a larger staff and more experienced dean of career services. Second, the fiscal resources are improving from the afore mentioned new commitment from the University. Third, much money will go to hiring 15-20 more professors to improve our achilles heal, the faculty-student ratio (I've never thought it was bad, but I guess everything is relative). Fourth, our new head dean is someone who's been at the school for a long time and has a commitment to the school, so we should have more stability there. Finally, Chapel Hill continues to be a fantastic place to work, study, and live.
That's all to say, we expect this "drop" to be temporary, not because we are going to start gaming the system like some schools, but because we have already taken the steps to improve those factors that actually do result in improved education. I know in my short tenure here I've seen things improve already (particularly CSO).