University rankings have good points.

Some believe that colleges spend too much time and money on the ranking game.

However, this often has a good effect.

From the Chronicle
From the Chronicle


Competition to improve rankings drives universities to better themselves. They must improve education.  They have to make their student to faculty ratio better.  They have to increase research, and get more foreign professors and students.


While this drive not always work to the benefit of students, it usually does.  For example, a higher-ranked university generally draws in more talented students, which creates a rich intellectual environment.

In the same way, as universities all over the world work to improve, we see the internationalization of education.  Students from America are taking classes with students from Africa, Asia, Europe.  American universities are advancing overseas, and competition at home an abroad is benefiting them and their students.