rando wrote:D. H2Oman wrote:PDaddy wrote:
USNWR is biased towards the following:
Northeastern, as opposed to southern, western or midwestern
Urban, as opposed to rural
Private, as opposed to public
hmm, while this is an interesting theory. Does this poster have anything to back up her statement. I am willing to consider what she is saying, but I need some data to back it up these arguments.
Methinks not. It is an interesting theory, but one that has alternative, and more compelling, arguments.
Northeastern, as opposed to southern, western or midwestern: Not only are the largest cities (i'll get to that) in the northeast, but the oldest (most prestigious) schools are in the northeast (bar UVA). Following U.S. history will show you that. It is unsurprising that the oldest schools with the most prestige, most money, most lay recall, largest alumni networks, are considered the best.
Urban, as opposed to rural: Jobs are in cities. Who wants to go recruit at a podunk school?
Private, as opposed to public: This is just the way the University system has run. Again, look at U.S. History. The oldest and most prestigious schools are private. When states started funding public schools, some of them achieve great recognition because states put a great deal of effort into subsidizing education. UVA, Mich, UCLA, Boalt, UT - all have tremendous resources (UC's used to) and very talented populations to pull from.
Yeah, you make great points. Let's see if Pdaddy can back up her arguments, or if she has a good response to you.