Notes in the Margins: Rankings, information requests and paid recruiting agents

Maryland bill would limit public information requests that target professors But some open-government advocates are concerned about proposal. (The Baltimore Sun via University Business)

An ‘Arab Spring’ of free online higher education Radical changes in educational content and delivery mechanisms will lead to an unbundling of the university as we know it. The natural question then becomes, What will it look like? We cannot say for sure, but we can at least outline some possibilities. (The Washington Post)

Claremont McKenna College removed from magazine ranking Amid scandal over inflated reporting of incoming classes’ SAT scores, Kiplinger financial publication has dropped the campus from its list of best values in liberal arts colleges. (Los Angeles Times)

Illegal in U.S., Paid Agents Overseas Help American Colleges Recruit Students The use of commissioned agents to recruit international students remains a highly divisive, hotly debated issue in higher education circles. (The New York Times via NAICIU)

Eight years of ranking: What have we learned? There are now quite a few things that we have learned about ranking universities: Measuring research is the easy bit. Nobody has figured out how to measure teaching. (University World News via NAICU)