Princeton, Harvard, Yale, and Stanford: these schools were among the top four universities in this week's Best College rankings from U.S. News -- and, albeit in a different order, they were the top-ranked universities in 1983, the first year the list was released. But that doesn't mean that U.S. News (or any other source) is reviewing universities and colleges the same way they were 30 years ago.
How do college rankings help students choose a school? Earlier this week, at SXSWedu, panelists from PayScale, The Princeton Review, Money magazine, and Cornell examined college rankings, how they've evolved over the years, and what that means for the prospective students (and parents) who depend on them to make decisions about which schools to target during the application process.
How does South by Southwest pick its panels? By asking the internet to choose which of its most burning questions deserves an answer first. This year, PayScale has three potential sessions up for your approval: The Rankers on College Rankings: Why We Do It; How To Diversify Tech & Hack Our Unconscious Bias; and How Working in a Social Agency Made Me Hate Social. Use the SXSW PanelPicker, and tell organizers what you need to know.