Oct. 26, 2020

95: College Rankings in Higher Education - In or Out? - with Robert Morse, Chief Data Strategist, US News & World Report

95: College Rankings in Higher Education - In or Out? - with Robert Morse, Chief Data Strategist, US News & World Report

In this episode of The EdUp Experience, Joe and Liz talk with Robert Morse, Chief Data Strategist with US News & World Report.  Bob talks to us about the data, data analysis, indicators, strategy, and reasons for the rankings and why it can be used as a decision point for parents and students looking to make a higher ed decision.  However, rankings are not without controversy - so we ask questions about debt, inclusion, online education, and return-on-investment.  Bob gives us his take on the controversy but solidifies his belief in his work and the value of the ratings in higher education.  Do you agree or disagree with the validity of the rankings?

Robert Morse is the chief data strategist for U.S. News. He takes the lead role in survey design, ranking methodology and higher education research as well as monitoring data collection for all of the company’s academic rankings, including Best Colleges, Best Graduate Schools and Best High Schools, as well as Best Global Universities and Best Online Programs. Morse developed almost all of the current methodologies that are used in the Best Colleges and Best Graduate Schools ranking projects and has been working full-time on both the Best Colleges and Best Graduate Schools editions since 1989.

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