The Terrapin Times

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Selective Praise ...

On its home page, the University of Maryland touts its recent ranking in Kiplinger's rankings of the "best values" of colleges nationwide. The university ranked 18th, a jump from 36th in 2003 and a generally respectable ranking.

But what the UMD blurb forgets is where it placed among the five other universities somehow designated as its "peer institutions."

For those who aren't aware, those peer institutions are: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagn, University of California at Berkeley, University of California at Los Angeles, and the University of Michigan.

Those schools ranked 1st, 8th, 12th, 14th, and 16th, respectively.

So among those schools against which the University of Maryland judges its success, the Terrapins come in a whopping last place in overall value.

In other news, the sky is blue.


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