Originally posted by CrazedNole: It's normal to fluctuate from year to year. Our overall trend is upward, I would only start to worry if we drop a couple years in a row.
Dropped two years ago.
And went up in the year between. Even just looking at just the last 4 years (which had 2 drops), the trendline is going up.
And to act like it's a major horrendous thing when your school drops out of the top 50 when you were sitting pretty at 50 is silly. It's not much of a difference in actual rankings, it's well within normal ranges of fluctuation (as others have said).
If we'd been consistently top 50 (particularly if we were consistently top 45 or better) and then dropped below that line for a number of years, it's one thing. But we weren't top 50 two years ago, we weren't top 50 3 years ago. Other than last year, when was the last time we were top 50? To get as upset as the OP is over a drop of 1 spot seems kind of overkill.