Editor’s Note

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Frank Shushok, Jr.

“I have a love–hate relationship with college rankings. I celebrate rankings that tout the insti-tutions I love—just check my Twitter and Facebook feeds for confirmation. I ’ m equally quick to bemoan the value of rankings that underestimate the col-leges and universities that have helped me find my way in the world. My reactions mirror those of our institutions: the press releases are ready to roll when we make upward progress in the prestige food chain. Conversely, our ranking no-shows ensure pub-lic silence—unless we issue value-laden insistences that we do not subscribe to such a silly, unauthorized barometer.

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