Was Missouri another name for WUSTL back then?
Good point. Princeton's rise and Chicago's fall are quite dramatic. It would be like Yale law falling out of top 5 and Georgetown becoming the top law school in the country in 20 years. Or Harvard or MIT falling out of top five in econ and Penn becoming the top department in the same span of time.
One curious data point that I found in one of the prestige rankings for 1925, which had Missouri in the top 10. Chicago was top then and all the other departments listed there remained top places, including Minnesota. But what ever happened to Missouri? Also, Berkeley was not in the top 10 then. Does anyone know when and why they began to rise in the discipline as fast as they did?
So stupid. Pton moving from edge of top 10 to the top spot in less than 20 years and Chicago (which had been the top department for nearly a century) to move out of the top 5 is a huge deal! Prestige lags, but that shift was monumental. It's only going to get worse for Chicago from here. Probably out of top 10 next cycle of rankings.
My only overall thought is surprise about the stability of the rankings over a quarter century (or, 15 years out of the top 10).
Basically I think these are good data for why the SJMR fascination with obsessing over risers and fallers based on single years (or several years) is incredibly silly and misguided.
I mean, really by far the biggest shift we've seen here is that in 25 years Princeton went from the bottom of the Top 10 to the top of the Top 10, which in the grand scheme of things is essentially meaningless.
If Princeton is in fact on the "decline" then what this would mean is that in the long-term rankings are even stickier than they look right now.