The Quantum Pontiff

To Every Ranking, Spin, Spin, Spin

This morning I received a funny email from a graduate student here at UW, Nicholas Murphy, which made me laugh out loud (reproduced and linkified here with permission from Nicholas):

Subject: Times Higher Education Supplement rankings: a study in spin

http://www.topmba.com/fileadmin/pdfs/2007_Top_200_Compact.pdf

For entertainment purposes, the same news story from different university publications:

Harvard:
http://www.thecrimson.com/article.aspx?ref=520741

Duke:
http://media.www.dukechronicle.com/media/storage/paper884/news/2007/11/13/News/Duke-Stays.13.In.Thes.Rankings-3096978.shtml

Yale:
http://www.yaledailynews.com/articles/view/22370

Stanford (I particularly enjoy the terse, annoyed tone here, especially given the first comment):
http://daily.stanford.edu/article/2007/11/13/briefStanfordRankingFallsFrom6thTo19th

BBC generally:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/7083292.stm

To which I will gleefully add my own spin: the west coast of the US gets no respect, damnit!

Comments

  1. #1 df
    November 14, 2007

    Half the links don’t work – Harvard, Stanford and BBC. You managed to get a rogue “
    ” tag on the end of the URL of each one.

  2. #2 df
    November 14, 2007

    Should have previewed that… It’s a rogue “&lt br /&gt” tag.

  3. #3 Dave Bacon
    November 14, 2007

    Doh! Fixed. Had to run to class…sorry for that.