Anonymous User wrote:Ok, so who do you think is best to raise the rankings of NU going forward? Will D-Rod help the rankings or will he hurt it? Ultimately, I don't think other considerations really matter. With rankings, all else will follow (faculty, employers, top students, etc.)
The best thing to improve the ranking is improving academic reputation, which mostly involves buying highly-cited faculty. That said, I'm not sure whether rankings improvements are going to affect anything anyone cares about within the narrow range in question. Our employment is determined by our market and our relationship with employers. Firms don't really care whether NU is #9 or #12 in a given year. And I'm not really sure whether students do either, not in this day and age of transparent employment statistics.
I think what D-Rod can help with most is dealing with the financial issues, building the endowment, and focusing on clerkships. The latter is something that tangibly helps employment that DVZ ignored. Not just because it gets people employed in clerkships, but it gets more firms to OCI because they notice post-clerks from NU coming to their firm. E.g. I think they added Munger to OCI which was a nice boost for the couple of folks who got it. Remember, these firms taking up students at the top helps everyone else competing with those students.