In U.S. News rankings, Washington colleges stay steady, but critics raise more questions about list’s criteria

In this year’s issue, U.S. News ranked UW Seattle 56th among all national universities, a slight drop from last year’s ranking of 54.  (Ellen M. Banner/The Seattle Times)

In this year’s issue, U.S. News ranked UW Seattle 56th among all national universities, a slight drop from last year’s ranking of 54. (Ellen M. Banner/The Seattle Times) Washington’s public and private colleges and universities were rated about the same this year as last in the nation’s most-watched set of college rankings. But new criticism of those rankings may make prospective college students think twice about what they mean.

The national news website Politico on Monday published an investigative report suggesting U.S. News & World Report’s rankings promote inequality on campus. Politico argued that U.S. News rankings create incentives for […]