Dartmouth: The 98th (?!) best college in America
Forbes magazine has recently released its list of “America’s Best Colleges 2009.”
Here’s part of the methodology used by Forbes to explain how, among liberal arts colleges, Centre (No. 14) and Union (No. 26) outperform Dartmouth (No. 98), Duke (No. 104), and Cornell (No. 105):
- 25% of the rankings are based on student satisfaction with their course instruction;
- 25% of the rankings are based on “indicators of post-graduate employment success”;
- 16.67% of the rankings are based “on the likelihood of graduation from college within four years”;
- 20% of the rankings are based on “debt levels and associated concerns with this issue” — in the 2008 guide, this category was weighted 16.67%, but the economic crisis has made debt a more salient concern for students; and
- 13.33% of the rankings are based on “the success of students [8.33%] and faculty [5%] winning national and international competitive academic awards” — this category was reduced from a total of 16.67% in the 2008 guide, in order to more heavily weight the financial considerations of college.
The complete college rankings are here.