Questionable Science Behind Academic Rankings
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  For institutions that regularly make the Top 10, the autumn announcement of university rankings is an occasion for quiet self-congratulation.
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Bloomberg Took Secret Path to a New Schools Chief
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  Shortly after 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg circulated through his City Hall offices, introducing a tall, blond woman who looked slightly familiar to his top aides. A foreign dignitary, perhaps? Or maybe an ambitious out-of-state politician hoping to impress the mayor? Somebody’s wife whom they were supposed to recognize?
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Tough as Nails, but Always Ready for a Bearhug
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  It is 8:30 a.m. at De La Salle Academy, a private school in Manhattan for academically talented poor children, and classical music is humming through a boom box that harks back to the 1980s.
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Britain Looks to Graduates to Pick Up the Tuition Tab
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  LONDON — What is a university education worth? Who derives the benefits? And who should pay for it?
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