columbia loses no. 2 spot

Does the world of university rankings have a word for "dissolved" or "defrocked"? Maybe the answer is "Unranked." 

After Columbia University was unable to verify data that supported its ranking, U.S. News & World Report quietly announced that it had "unranked" Columbia University from its No. 2 spot in the 2022 edition of Best Colleges. 

Colombia announced last week that it would be skipping the 2023 rankings, and on Thursday, the decision was posted on a US news website.  

“To date, Colombia has been unable to provide a satisfactory response to the information requested by US News,” the post said. 

When the US News Post learned of the criticism in March, it reportedly asked Columbia to verify the data it had reported, including the number of full-time and part-time faculty involved in instruction, as well as the total number of faculty members. 

Following claims from one of its own mathematics professors that the No. 2 ranking was based on incorrect and misleading data, the university announced it would not take part in the subsequent ranking and instead conduct its own investigation. 

In a separate blog posting, Mr. Morse said, "US News publishes annual rankings for more than 11,500 schools and hundreds of individual programs."