Are America's top colleges losing their global competitive edge?

“We seem to be looking at the beginning of the decline of the great American public universities. ... It’s the first sign of a worrying trend,” he said.

--  Phil Baty, editor of the prestigious Times Higher Education World University Rankings, on how America's highest-ranked public institutions have been losing ground in the ratings. This year's rankings came out today in Britain.

(The U ranks 42nd, up one since last year's 43rd place.)

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