Spoonmanners wrote:This is all kind of overblown, and I gotta agree with Bankhead. However, this is kind of a no win situation on the board, considering the tipster and one of the people who gave Fromm a legitimate reason to send the email are posters. Fromm is awesome, and I don’t like that he got put on blast for sending an email reminding people to use some common sense. I'd like to point out that the facebook post was made by a 22 year old girl, and I'm sure that AGent doesn't fear for his life.
As for rankings, I’m interested in where they go. Since last year we have had nothing but improvement. I would be surprised if USNews would be short sighted to jump us up what we did last year only to have us drop. That would make some weary of their rankings. I’ll be pretty happy just to stay the same, but with an increase in numbers, applications, and the nice scholarships have to help in that regard.
It's all numbers man. I'm sure their acceptance rate went up and their yield down (last years was something of a fluke), and the quality of the student body remained pretty much constant from last year's rankings. Indiana is improving yes, but the schools around it are trying pretty damn hard too. I'm guessing 28-29. They're not going to drop from the top 30 because I'm sure their expenditure per student has gone up.
The only wild card in all this is the reputation surveys. I doubt they go down, but if there is any truth to the "echo-chamber" effect of the rankings, there might be a slight bump this year. I doubt it though... reputations take a long, long time to build. Indiana has to stay in the top 30 for at least 5-10 years before they see a real bump in their reputation.
Edit: One thing they could do is massively expand the law school. Facilities are a bigger selling point than the administration realizes, I think. WUSTL got a bump from their new building. So has Notre Dame. I was always of the opinion that they should build a law quad in the parking lot next door. Just mimic Michigan's but a bit smaller and in limestone. With that red ivy they have on some of those buildings, that would look slick.