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Is This the End of College Rankings?

Law schools are leading the exodus from U.S. News & World Report’s “beauty contest.”


Episode Notes

With Yale and Harvard law schools withdrawing from U.S. News & World Report’s annual law school rankings, others have followed suit. With the rating system for all colleges taking criticism, being “gamed,” and beset by scandal, is this the beginning of the end of the influential college-ranking system?

Guest: Colin Diver, the Charles A. Heimbold Jr. professor of law and economics emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania, former dean of Penn Law School, and president of Reed College, 2002 through 2012.

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  • Mary Harris is the host and managing editor of What Next, Slate's new daily news podcast. She has reported throughout the public radio system, for NPR, Marketplace, and WNYC.