Top ranked excuse for ranking

Top ranked excuse for ranking: The Boston Globe reports that the Atlantic Monthly slams the usefulness of college rankings – before offering its own. “We put the chart together to illustrate how slippery and often pointless the idea of selectivity is,” says the magazine’s Cullen Murphy. (Which, is sort of why I blogged this: to illustrate how pointless it is to say anything other than the magazine included a “Top Colleges” ranking because it seemed like a good way to sell more magazines.) So, if you can follow the magazine’s circular argument, I think they want you to be sure to ignore this issue.