Thursday, February 09, 2012

Annals of Gaming (the System)

Stephen Budiansky describes a scheme once used by the Case Law School to get ahead in the US News ranking that is way too awesome: Three birds in one stone! [Hat tip: Henry Farrell at Crooked Timber]

Their other tactic was pure genius: the law school hired as adjunct professors local alumni who already had lucrative careers (thereby increasing the faculty-student ratio, a key U.S. News statistic used in determining ranking), paid them exorbitant salaries they did not need (thereby increasing average faculty salary, another U.S. News data point), then made it understood that since they did not really need all that money they were expected to donate it all back to the school (thereby increasing the alumni giving rate, another U.S. News data point): three birds with one stone!