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The Rankers On College Rankings: Why We Do It

Love them or hate them, college rankings are here to stay. This panel of college rankers will address various criticisms of the rankings, talk about how they differ, and speak to how they can be used as a valuable tool for prospective students (and their parents). We'll also talk about the scaled-back effort around the Dept. of Education's Postsecondary Institution Ratings System (PIRS) with the former Chief Economist of Obama's Council of Economic Advisers -- why the federal government thought holding colleges accountable for outcomes was important and why the strategy shifted.

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Lydia Frank, Sr Editorial Dir, PayScale.com

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