College ranking reports disagree on what makes a school great

Sunday, September 9, 2007 | 9:24 p.m. CDT; updated 1:51 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

COLUMBIA — For 24 years, U.S. News and World Report has dominated the way students and parents evaluate the quality of American universities. That prestige came into serious question this year, however, when a group of 64 college presidents signed an open letter of protest of U.S. News’ methodology, saying they would no longer participate in the magazine’s surveys nor use the rankings for promotional use.