In light of our recent post on US News rankings alternatives, I thought I'd direct your attention to an interesting post by TaxProf from Monday. He's got a different version of the rankings: the "Placement Success Rankings." He uses a weighted ranking according to three components: the "Employed Nine Months After Graduation," "Employed at Graduation" and "Bar Passage Rate" numbers from the US News data.
This may be one of the more accurate metrics for choosing a school based on your job prospects after graduation, as opposed to to trying to measure the nebulous value of going to a 12th ranked school vs. a 23rd ranked school.
Of course, there's some debate about whether or not schools accurately reported their placement information, but if we can move on from that for just a quick second, we'll see that the top 10 from the Placement Success list vary pretty wildly from the US News' top 10. And here they are:
|US News||Tax Prof/Placement Data|
|1. Yale||1. Stanford|
|2. Harvard||2. Duke|
|3. Stanford||3. NYU|
|4. Columbia||4. UCLA|
|5. NYU||5. Penn|
|6. Berkeley Law||6. Boston U|
|6. Chicago (tied)||7. Michigan|
|7. Penn||8. Yale|
|8. Michigan||9. Northwestern|
|9. Duke||10. George Mason|
Columbia, which is ranking fourth according to US News, makings a significant drop to #22 on TaxProf's list. Boston University, ranked sixth according to TaxProf, barely makes the top 20 on US News. Another shocking number was George Mason. It's ranked #41 overall, but appears in 11th slot on the Placement Success rankings.
I put in some calls earlier this week to BU, George Mason, and Duke (who jumped from #10 overall to #2 on the placement data rankings) to try to shed some light on what the schools are doing to get these kinds of placement numbers, but we haven't heard back.
What say you, readers? Why is George Mason, for instance, so amazing at finding its students jobs, when it is not what US News would call a "so amazing" school?