'U.S. News' Plan to Rank Online Colleges Irks Some Officials

The annual college rankings by U.S. News & World Report—demonized by many college leaders as being overly simplistic yet touted by institutions that score well—will soon expand to include online programs. The move is already drawing concern from some longtime distance-education leaders, who argue that virtual programs are even more difficult to compare than traditional ones, in part, because they are still so new and untested. \'U.S. News' Plan to Rank Online Colleges Irks Some Officials