Twenty-four years after U.S. News and World Report first asked college presidents to rank their rival institutions, top spots in the magazine’s annual college survey have become so coveted that some schools are giving college presidents bonuses for boosting rankings, even just a little. But the system is also controversial, and sixty-three college presidents this year pledged to stop participating in the survey. Taylor Reveley (William and Mary) says the rankings are useful for students and parents, but they also over-simplify the selection process and cause great wasted effort for the schools.

Also: Kim Lewis (Lord Fairfax Community College) says Virginia’s community college system is undergoing major changes in the kind of students it serves.

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