NRC, RAA, out…

Have you seen the numbers? What a stupendously ridiculous effort. Besides being nearly a half-decade late, the absurdity is astounding. Philosophers love outrageous thought experiments, but sometimes the reality is worse.

So:

CUNY Grad Center, bottom 20% or so…
Memphis way better than UMass…
Penn State as good as NYU…
Hawaii beats Iowa, Illinois, Illinois-Chicago…
And Yale comes in, roughly, at the 50% percentile…

There’s the universal comfort slogan: it could have been worse. But since that applies in every non-zero-probability-scenario, I don’t take comfort.

RAA, btw, for those who don’t already know, stands for “reductio ad absurdum”.


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NRC, RAA, out… — 7 Comments

  1. John, you are speed-of-light fast! And great question… I’m progressive politically, but not all attempts to support public goods succeed. Some are so ridiculous heads should roll…

  2. Lyman, ‘NRC’ is the National Research Council, and yesterday they released their evaluation of graduate programs nationwide, a report on data collected in 2006, and so overwhelmingly late that, even if the methods used were stellar, would be fairly useless. But the methodology is horrible, which has been commented on elsewhere, and the rankings which result are terrible. The above are just some examples of that.

  3. Can you imagine (as may be the case with other disciplines) if the NRC rankings were the only rankings available? I think we should be really glad that we have Leiter’s rankings as a counterweight. They are much more informative and accurate. In this light, even people who dislike the PGR should be grateful that it exists.

  4. Laurie, yes, that’s exactly right! In fact, I wrote to Brian and told him that the Feds should give him Philosophy’s share of the budget for the NRC, and just report his numbers…

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