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Legal Group Questions 'U.S. News'

October 29, 2019

The Society for Empirical Legal Studies has written to U.S. News & World Report to "express concern" about its plans to create a law school "scholarly impact" ranking based on HeinOnline data. The legal group says that the data to be used by U.S. News have "bias against interdisciplinary legal scholarship" and are biased against junior faculty members. These and other issues raise questions about the validity of any new rankings, the society says.

Robert Morse, who leads rankings at U.S. News, said the magazine has answered many of the points previously. "Overall, we appreciate the input we’ve received from the law school community -- including today’s letter from SELS -- regarding our efforts to measure scholarly impact at law schools. We are taking this feedback into account as we formulate next steps."

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Scott Jaschik

Scott Jaschik, Editor, is one of the three founders of Inside Higher Ed. With Doug Lederman, he leads the editorial operations of Inside Higher Ed, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Scott is a leading voice on higher education issues, quoted regularly in publications nationwide, and publishing articles on colleges in publications such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Salon, and elsewhere. He has been a judge or screener for the National Magazine Awards, the Online Journalism Awards, the Folio Editorial Excellence Awards, and the Education Writers Association Awards. Scott served as a mentor in the community college fellowship program of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, of Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a member of the board of the Education Writers Association. From 1999-2003, Scott was editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Scott grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and graduated from Cornell University in 1985. He lives in Washington.

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