Monday, June 15, 2009

College News Round-Up 1

School may be out, but colleges around the country are making news.

The governor of Illinois has appointed a panel to investigate the role that intervention by state lawmakers and university trustees may have played in acceptances to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus.

Clemson University appears to be the most recent battle in the ratings war. The president of Clemson's peer review scores, which account for a quarter of a college's U.S. News and World Report score, classifies only Clemson's program as strong and lists more than half of the universities in the survey as having marginal programs. This has raised questions about "gaming" rankings and the quality of ranking programs all together.

Finally, for those of you engaging in work for no pay, Slate's The Big Money has a story about the rise of the intern.