What mistake did University of Wash make last year? Not submit the requested info to USNews&WR? And the result was?
And that mistake greatly affected their ranking? I noticed they were around 50th about last year, and now are at around 35...
Unfortunately, the difference between 10th and 20th does matter. Not because the quality of education is different, but because the rankings are so self-reinforcing. It's totally circular.Why is school X ranked highly? Because smart people choose to go there. Why do smart people choose to go there? Because it's ranked highly.A school that changes in rank gets a different set of applicants, and that changes its reputation without its actual educational quality changing at all.
Smart people are able to look past the rankings system and choose the best institution for their needs. The ones who assume that USNWR rankings are dispositive with regard to which schools are best may get lucky, but theirs is neither the only approach nor the best. The best law firms, by the way, have the benefit of seeing how new associates do over time. As a result, they usually have a very good idea which schools are turning out quality people. Do you seriously think that those firms bother to see which schools are moving up and down USNWR's ranking each year? I can assure you that the best firms couldn't care less what USNWR thinks.E.L.