Tag: ranking

The Ravens Are Worth $1.157 Billion. What a Steal!

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Ever been watching a Ravens game and idly thought, “Gosh, the Ravens are so great. I wonder how much would it cost to buy them?” Well, we imagine that owner Stephen Bisciotti isn’t selling anytime soon, but you may as well start saving your pennies anyway:  According to Forbes’ annual sports franchise survey, the Ravens are valued at $1.157 billion, making them the 19th most-valuable sports franchise in the world.

Once We Get Rid of Massachusetts, Maryland Will Be One of the Top States for “Well-Being”

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Gallup released its national “wellbeing” data this week, upsetting West Virginians and cheering Hawaiians (as if they needed it). Overall, Hawaiians are the happiest with their lives, with the top emotional health and work environment scores, while West Virginians have the lowest scores for life evaluation, and emotional and physical health.

Johns Hopkins No Longer Nation’s Top-Ranked Hospital

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Speaking of rankings, In U.S. News & World Report‘s latest list of the top hospitals in the country, Johns Hopkins fell from its decades-long position of No. 1 all the way down to No. 2! Massachusetts General of Boston took over the top spot.

New College Rankings: Who’s Cheapest, Rowdiest, Easiest

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U.S. News and World Report releases its annual “Best Colleges” report in a couple weeks, but Newsweek/The Daily Beast is trying to trump them (and perhaps capture a slice of the apparently insatiable appetite for college rankings) by issuing its own set of lists this week.

But don’t check them out expecting to get an idea of which schools have the top academic reputation. Instead, the site claims to know whose students are the horniest (Wesleyan), what school is the cheapest (Berea College), who gets the best food (St. Olaf College), and where future CEOs and activists matriculate (Harvard and Swarthmore, respectively).

One nice thing about these lists is that less-well known schools feature prominently. Schools making the top-20 list for free-spirited students include College of the Atlantic, New Saint Andrews College, and Soka University of America, all of which were unfamiliar to me. One less-nice thing is that the rankings themselves seem at times, well, dumb. Does Johns Hopkins really belong on the list of “least rigorous” institutions? Have you ever visited the school’s library during finals week?! Kids literally camp out at their library carrels. I wish I were kidding.  Also on the list:  Berkeley, UNC-Chapel Hill, and other universities that I highly doubt are walks in the park.

Results this misguided may have come about because the methodology includes data from RateMyProfessors.com, not the most reputable source in the world. Also the idea that freshman retention is a measure of relative ease or difficulty seems suspect.

I imagine Newsweek’ll be hearing from some wound-up Blue Jays in the coming days. After all, the school year is just beginning, so students still have a teensy bit of free time with which to correct mistaken assumptions about their school of choice.

Johns Hopkins Has No Rivals in the Hospital Business

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It’s barely even news anymore — Johns Hopkins is the best hospital in the country. Again. In fact, no other hospital has ever held the top spot, ever since US News and World Report started rankings back in 1990.

If ever a rival should emerge from the ranks, it may be either Massachusetts General in Boston, or the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, which this year were ranked #2 and 3, respectively. But, I mean, come on. We all know who’s number one.

Which is not to say that Hopkins is the only game in town (even though it tends to seem that way). Locally, the runners-up are the University of Maryland Medical Center, Union Memorial, Hopkins-Bayview, and Sheppard Pratt.

But there can be only one number one — around town and around the country as well. And isn’t it somehow comforting to know that it’s not just Baltimore that Johns Hopkins dominates, but, well, the whole country?

Seven Baltimore County Schools Among Best in the Nation Says Newsweek.com

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Newsweek.com named seven Baltimore County public schools among the top 500 public schools in the nation. In order of ranking, the schools were Eastern Technical High School (no. 131), Hereford High School (no. 219 and alma mater of Baltimore Fishbowl intern Marta Randall), the Carver Center (no. 232), Pikesville High (no. 388), Towson High (no. 413) and Dulaney Valley High (no. 446). The schools rankings were based on graduation rate, average SAT score, average AP exam score, and the percentage of students who go on to college, among other statistics. Results reflect data from the 2009-2010 school year. Newsweek.com reached out to over 10,000 schools to compile the final list.

Individual data lines up the schools differently. Take average SAT scores, for example. As reported on newsweek.com, they were Towson, first, with 1742 (out of a perfect 2400); Hereford: 1686; Dulaney: 1672; Carver: 1654; Eastern: 1623; Loch Raven: 1573 and Pikesville: 1539.

In Maryland, the highest ranking school was in Poolesville High School in Montgomery County which ranked 64th in the nation (SAT average: 1828). The next highest was Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, which came in at number 91 (average SAT of 1824). The two Montgomery County high schools were the only two Maryland schools in the top 100 and featured in Newsweek magazine–the others were featured online at newsweek.com only.

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