Columbia whistleblower on exposing college rankings: ‘They are worthless’

Maths professor Michael Thaddeus said Columbia put financial priorities ahead of students education in order to fund a ballooning and secretive bureaucracy. US News relegated Columbia from second to 18th in the latest rankings after the college admitted to “outdated and/or incorrect methodologies” in some of its previous claims about the quality of the education the university provides. Columbia initially defended its numbers before admitting on Friday that he was right about class sizes and the qualifications of its teaching staff. Columbia’s fall exposes the shoddiness of a system that relies on an institution’s own numbers without checking.

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