jbarl1 wrote: underdawg wrote:
jbarl1 wrote:Someone comment on Penn State please...
who cares about a new building?
and it should keep going up because it has a good name? hasn't it always had the same name? why would that make a year to year difference, if it even mattered?
i think people might've been being nice by not responding...
Penn State rose a lot in the rankings last year, so I think it is a bit surprising that it dropped so much this year.
Not really, everything is relative. The raw numbers are so tight, that a school can have exactly the same scores and still lose relative strength.
Look at IU, same raw score as last year, but a 4 spot decrease. ND actually increased its score but lost a few spots. The tightness in the raw scores means that most changes in placement should chalked up to mere yearly variation. The only thing that USNEWS is good for, or ever has been for, is tracking trends.