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Apr 18, 2008, 05:22AM

U.S. News College Rankings Undergoing Revisions

Those heinous college rankings, responsible for so many agonizing decisions in our past, are changing for the better. Sort of. Penn's student paper explains how college counselors could provide more balance.

"The magazine announced plans last week to make its rankings more qualitative by collecting information from high-school guidance counselors for the first time. But, U.S. News has yet to decide how the additional input will factor into its ranking system.

Last year, Penn ranked fifth on the national colleges listing.

The yearly surveys are often a source of much debate because it is questionable whether the criteria used to measure the schools actually speak to the overall quality of a college, David Hawkins, policy director for the National Association for College Admission Counseling, said.

To combat that image, the magazine decided this year to send surveys to counselors at the 1,600 schools ranked in the magazine's "America's Best High Schools" ranking.



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