Jordan Ellenberg discusses Columbia’s college ranking controversy:

In this Washington Post op-ed, Jordan Ellenberg discusses the alleged methods which Columbia used to game the U.S.News and World Report’s #2 College Ranking.  He notes “To the extent that universities chase rankings — whether through policy changes or sketchy numbers — they are declaring their real priorities. They are making clear that the imaginary students envisioned by the ranking algorithm are more important than the real-life students already present in the classrooms and the dorms.”