The Obama Administration recently proposed that the federal government rate colleges and universities based on access, affordability, and outcomes. However well-intentioned, the proposal could hurt the very institutions that excel in all three categories.
I say that having served as the leader of Rutgers University in Newark, ranked by U.S. News as America's most diverse national campus, and top-ranked in other surveys in terms of best bang for the buck. You'd think, then, I might favor the Administration's proposal in providing students and their parents a new metric of evaluation. It certainly sounds reasonable and hard to criticize.
But here's the problem: The realities of our students' lives do not necessarily match the parameters of the ratings.