Jacobt wrote:Got it, interesting point, but relative to other schools it still dropped, absolute score aside. It could very well go up next year. GW jumped back to where it used to be this year and Fordham has traditional prestige like GW that they could maybe do more with. And Cardozo could end up linked with Brooklyn and St. John's. I don't think you have to worry about that happening to Fordham any time soon. I would feel good about your decision. But Cardozo, Fordham, and Brooklyn all dropped relative to other schools, which I think is interesting. So I wonder if there is a reason for all of them dropping, like hiring practices in NYC or something.
The reason is that the New York market, with its reliance on the finance industry, got hit really badly. I believe all the NYC schools save CLS suffered in the rankings this year.
From everything I've seen and heard, Fordham is scrupulously honest in the numbers it reports. The school actually increased the percentage reporting salary data in 2009, to make for more reliable statistics. I am pretty impressed that they could do this in a recession.
To address the comment about gaming rankings: GW had no choice. You saw how quickly people condemned them for the slide, when the school had done nothing different that I was aware of. Cutting the PT program appears to have fixed the problem (though we can't be conclusive in causation, I will merely say that I think it's highly likely) and Fordham has to do the same. Of course I am grateful they waited a year. I would have been in trouble personally if they had not.
Despite the rankings discrepancy, BU and BC students generally agree with us that the school is on a par for placement. BU and Fordham go back and forth in the NLJ250 rankings almost every year, despite acknowledged underreporting from the firms in question (and an unpublished response rate.) This is still the only data we have that is not school reported.