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Ranking by magazine falls below competitors’

August 15, 2006

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Kansas University ranked below Kansas State University and the University of Missouri-Columbia on a new college ranking list from Washington Monthly magazine.

KU came in 138, while K-State ranked 113 and MU ranked 85.

Among Big 12 schools, KU ranked the second lowest, with only Texas Tech University coming in lower at 198.

The magazine looked for how schools perform as engines of social mobility, how they foster research, and how they promote service to country.

Comments

littlejohnny 8 years, 4 months ago

It merely proves that MU is a lot better institution than KU in all respects except for basketball. Following a recent screwup on the CEBC, I won't expect much from KU any more. Increasing tuition may be one solution to push ranking. But do you realize there are many lazy tenure professors who stop doing research? KU should replace those with more research-active scholars.

Rhoen 8 years, 4 months ago

Even with so much emphasis on "image," the shortfall in substance is apparently still visible to the rankers.

Possibly too much investment in athletics and administrators and not enough investment in the academic elements that really count.

Suggestions for improvement:

Pay the faculty, including the graduate teaching assistants who teach the bulk of freshman-sophomore hours, on par with the administrators and athletic personnel. (Higher education is not something that you watch on television during weekends.)

Invest in quality improvement plans for key academic programs. Develop academic programs that better prepare students for jobs that will pay them a living wage and create more effective ways to help them land jobs.

Lay off the great-sounding hype that might land huge research contracts but that can't be carried out once the money is in hand.

Rankings are built on reputational factors, but reputation is built more on what is done than on what is said or written.

Sigmund 8 years, 4 months ago

Hemenway has spent millions on "image," such as new buildings, athletics and public relations efforts and extra layers of administration that serve to insulate Hemenway from taking responsibility. The problems begin at the top and flow downhill. Time for Hemenway to go.

yourworstnightmare 8 years, 4 months ago

Another blow for the "rankings-conscious" administrators of KU.

Maybe KU administrators should try focusing on actually making KU a better research university instead of focusing on things to improve KU's "rankings". It ain't workin'.

-Invest in faculty to improve instruction. -Invest university money, in addition to research overhead, in research infrastructure. -Invest in proven, sound research instead of concocted "collaborative" research.

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