… to see my employer, the University of Delaware, announce on its home page: “UD Ranks 28th Among Top Public Universities.” If you click, you will be directed to an article bragging about our place in the, you got it, US News rankings: 28th among the public schools, and 68th (tied with Southern Methodist University and Worcester Polytechnic Institute) among all “national universities.”
Come on, UD, have a little dignity! Our new(ish) president, Patrick Harker, has announced we are on the “Path to Prominence” (the phrase is followed by a superscript TM in all UD publications), but I’m sure those kind of numbers aren’t what he has in mind. Even worse is that by eagerly announcing how we’ve done in US News’ little chart, we have given up any chance of maintaining the high road–of staying above such petty games.
Let’s say our numbers drop next year. What are we going to say then?