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The Man Behind the Controversial College Rankings

US News & World Report's college rankings are controversial, but you probably already knew that.

There certainly has been tons of publicity - much of it negative - over the years about the college rankings.

Colleges complain about their inaccuracy, but schools that fare half-way decent in the college rankings contest like to brag about their marks on their websites.

What you probably don't know, however, is who is responsible for the rankings' controversial methodology. The person behind the college rankings is Robert Morse, who is US News' director of data research.

At the annual conference of the National Association for College Admission Counseling last week in New Orleans, I interviewed Morse about his rankings baby.

Here's what he had to say:

Lynn O'Shaughnessy is author of The College Solution, an Amazon bestseller, and Shrinking the Cost of College workbook. She also writes her own college blog at The College Solution.

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