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    December 04, 2007


    Nicholas H. Wright

        We knew already that MGRHS was doing a great job with college preparation, so the recent announcement of high standing in the US News and World Report's ranking system is not terribly informative.
        At a more specific level, it is difficult to know what the anking means, since the weights attached to the various criteria cited are not explicit, and we do not know how many institutions simply decided not to disclose any information. These types of issues make interpretation, at best, unreliable.
        I tend to feel that the real problem with these ratings is the sense of complacency, even arrogance they may foster. Both are inimical to a healthy educational environment. The risks to the educational environment may well outweigh any possible real gain, and I would have MGRHS not submit data to the US News and World Report in the next survey cycle. I understand that some colleges and universities have stopped participating in these surveys, perhaps for similar reasons.
    Sincerely yours,
        Nicholas H.Wright
       (T) 458-5841

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