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1 hour ago, em2 said:

I don't trust USNews to rank Political Science programs. What do you all consider the top institutions, in terms of 1) placement, 2) strong faculty, 3) prestige?

So you would rather trust prospective grad students opinions about something they haven't even experienced before rather than systematic surveys distributed to professors throughout the field?

Well all know there are flaws with ranking systems but nonetheless they have been shown to correlate fairly well with placement. 

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1 minute ago, Comparativist said:

So you would rather trust prospective grad students opinions about something they haven't even experienced before rather than systematic surveys distributed to professors throughout the field?

Well all know there are flaws with ranking systems but nonetheless they have been shown to correlate fairly well with placement. 

Agree with @Comparativist. The best we can do is take the USNews rankings and possibly divide them into tiers so that minuscule ranking differences are gone. 

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Speaking of that, when the new US News Rankings are supposed to be released? From what I saw comparing their rankings for the last two decades, there are just a couple of dramatic changes, most schools are stable, and I don't expect this time will be different. But curious nonetheless... 

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Is anyone frustrated with how programs put up their placement? It seems that they should put up where every single person ended up (of course they could anonymize and lag a year or so to protect privacy). But so many places *only* list placement for those who got placement! Talk about selection bias! And virtually none identify the sub fields. 

 

Yale's is probably the most frustrating. For a while, they even had it organized alphabetically instead of by year

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22 hours ago, Comparativist said:

So you would rather trust prospective grad students opinions about something they haven't even experienced before rather than systematic surveys distributed to professors throughout the field?

Well all know there are flaws with ranking systems but nonetheless they have been shown to correlate fairly well with placement. 

Just to add onto this point: http://www.people.fas.harvard.edu/~gillum/rankings_paper.pdf

It's old, but it's an informative read.

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