College rankings boosting college presidents’ bonuses

March 19, 2007 at 7:12 pm Leave a comment

Posted by Dee 

Bob Werber from Inside Higher Ed commented on the AdmitSpit post titled, “Ranking run-ins” today to let us know about an article they wrote related to the U.S. News and World Report rankings.

The article, “Should U.S. News Make Presidents Rich?” details Arizona State University’s move to link tens of thousands of dollars in bonus pay for the university’s president, Michael Crow, to improved U.S. News rankings.

Initially upon reading Bob’s comment and the first part of the article, I was quite annoyed, and agreed with the sentiment and words that Lloyd Thacker, a “leading critic of the role of magazine rankings,” shared saying that boosting Crow’s salary based on rankings was “rotten, educationally irresponsible, wimpy, short-sighted, and wrong.”

But before running with that view, I realized that perhaps Arizona State’s decision should not be completely invalidated. I think it will be very interesting to see how their plan unfolds — on one hand, giving even more power to U.S. News, I hate, but on the other hand, maybe it’s worth acknowledging that the rankings do make a huge impression on students (and parents) and boosting rankings may indeed help education overall, at least on the part of the more objective metrics.

Both sides of the argument bring up excellent points; Inside Higher Ed did their research on this one. And, it may also be worth reading the comments to the article; several presidents and professors at other universities have chimed into the conversation as well.


Entry filed under: Academics, AdmitSpit, Arizona, Arizona State University, College trends, Colleges/Universities, Inside Higher Ed, Money, Motivation, President, Professor, Ranking, US News and World Report.

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