Okay, first a note: I've been really busy over the last couple of days, and I've been sitting on this update and the one I will make later today for a few days now, meaning they're not at timely as they could be. Please excuse that fact, because I believe that both contain relevant/interesting information that people may or may not have heard about. In other words, I'm posting them anyway.
Now, to the post:
1. Oxy's momentum is dying out. Maybe Oxy has reached the heights of its status and prestige, at last for now. All upward trends have to level out at some point.
2. The status, distinction, and allue of all the liberal arts schools is rising, and so while Oxy's prestige is increasing, it is not doing so any faster than its peer institutions. In other words, all the liberal arts schools are going up, and Oxy's rise is only equal to that of the other schools.
3. U.S. News and World Report doesn't know what the hell they're doing.
What do you think? (I just want to point out that you can leave comments on blog posts, without even needing to sign up or be a blogger member.)