UNLV’s business school has tumbled in rank among the nation’s top undergraduate business programs, ratings released today by U.S. News & World Report show.
The publication each year rates business programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, compiling its list based on surveys of business school deans and senior faculty. The undergraduate program at UNLV’s Lee Business School was ranked 184th in the publication’s 2016 list along with 35 others. The new rating brings UNLV down 28 notches from its 2016 spot at 156 and returns it to the rank it held in 2015.
“Of course rankings are important and we’d rather go up, but they are but one indicator of performance,” business school Dean Brent Hathaway wrote in a prepared statement, noting that the school considers accreditation one of its key metrics. “We remain focused on our priorities of offering quality courses, retaining students and increasing graduation and placements rates.”
College rankings are often criticized by scholars who warn that their supporting methodology is arbitrary and oversimplifies the value of higher education.
“Colleges are not monoliths that can be reliably judged by the sort of aggregate data the rankings systems employ,” Princeton University history professor wrote in an opinion piece published July 2014 in The New Republic. “They have strengths and weaknesses, which make any given college the right choice for certain students, and the wrong one for others.”
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