College rankings are certainly a big deal to at least some young students and their families. When the US News & World Report released its new list of Best Colleges recently, over 40 million people read it online. Did those readers actually find out much about the quality of the schools on the list? The more you learn about how the rankings are created, the more it starts to seem like the answer is: probably not. Maybe that’s why US Department of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona recently called these college rankings “a joke.”
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