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The current issue (February 14, 2011) of the New Yorker has an article by Malcolm Gladwell called The Order Of Things that truly puts the value of US News & World Reports College Rankings in perspective. Unfortunately they only have a short abstract on their website, but you can always go to the library if you don't want to buy the magazine.
This is well worth reading. No one has done a better job of showing the "flaws" in their methodology