clintone88 wrote:barrotmartin wrote:UW's ten spot jump in prestige was impressive, but why? What did they have in 2011 that they didn't have in 2010? The cynic (or realist?) part of me says it's mostly gaming numbers-- and this isn't to imply UW does this to any greater extent than any other school.
I heard someone blabbing about how they heard that it was because of some sort of "accident" in how they reported employment last year. I take that to mean they did some gaming of employment, because it isn't like we went from 20 to 30 back to 20. Though I do think that probably part of it has to do with Seattle having a stronger economy than many of the midwestern schools that make up a lot of the t30ish spots. So while a lot of wisconsin, or illinois, or iowa firms were struggling because of a down market, the seattle market was able to start hiring quickly again. I don't have anything to back that up, just a hunch. I wouldn't really pay it any attention.
Above the law mentioned in an aside that there's some kind of a new (and successful) 'bar achievement program' in effect that may have been a factor in this. It's a bummer that it's simultaneously difficult both to give credence to USNews rankings and to ignore them in making decisions, especially as a relatively-far away oos.
http://abovethelaw.com/2012/03/open-thr ... s#comments