I forget what counts in the rankings. Is it only the median? Or is it the 25th/75th?
A drop or increase will only affect the rankings if the median (now calculated by averaging the 75th and 25th percentiles) changes, which usually takes a pretty big shift.I know USC and Vandy's 25th percentiles went up, and Fordham's went down but I think their medians remained the same.
I'm not a big fan of giving Boalt, Virginia and Michigan the three-way "public-schools-are-special-too" 8 spot. As lawyers, are we not supposed to have discriminating minds?Any thoughts on how those might shake down if the rankings were an actual hierarchy instead of an exercise in placating entrenched interests at each institution?
My gripe has nothing to do with choosing where I will attend.If you are going to go through the motions of creating a quantifiable evaluative system, why not trust it and rank the schools accordingly?The fact that they are tied in the 8-9-10 slot has nothing to do with them all being great schools (which they are). It has to do with placing at least three PUBLIC schools in the top 10!