The Atlantic magazine’s Alia Wong charts the rise of the U.S. News & World Report university rankings in the 1980s as part of a larger trend toward the commodification of higher education. The 21st-century academic system functions like a marketplace where schools compete for the best students to buy their product, but many top educators contend that the rankings have a detrimental effect on higher education. getAbstract recommends this critical analysis to students, parents, educators, school administrators and counselors seeking a more holistic perspective on what makes for a quality university experience beyond the rankings.
In this summary, you will learn
- How university rankings have helped fuel the commodification of higher education in the United States,
- How educators are fighting back, and
- Why the influence of rankings is unlikely to wane in the near future.
About the Author
Alia Wong is associate editor at The Atlantic, where she oversees the education section.