Washington Monthly college rankings: Ask not what your college can do for you, but what your college can do for the country

September 3, 2009 at 12:01 am Leave a comment

From the Political Animal:

Tocollegecover.jpgday the Washington Monthly releases its annual College Rankings. It’s our alternative to U.S. News & World Report’s rankings, which we find objectionable for a number of reasons (see “A Different Kind of College Ranking”). Whereas U.S. News relies on crude and easily manipulated measures of money and prestige, we rank schools based on what they are doing for the country — by improving social mobility, producing research, and promoting public service.

The Washington Monthly’s unique methodology yields strikingly different results:

* Only one of the U.S. News top ten universities — Stanford — makes the Washington Monthly’s top ten, while high profile institutions such as Princeton, Duke and Penn fail to even crack Washington Monthly’s Top 25.

* Some of top universities on the Washington Monthly list, like South Carolina State (#6) and Jackson State (#22), are non-elite “red state” schools buried in the lowest tiers of the U.S. News list.

* While all the top twenty U.S. News universities are private, thirteen of the top twenty Washington Monthly universities are public.

* The University of California system grabs the top three slots-including number-one-ranked Berkeley — even as the state of California is slashing higher education funding.

* Women’s liberal arts colleges score well in the Washington Monthly rankings, with Mount Holyoke, Smith, Bryn Mawr and Wellesley all in the Top 10. Historically black institutions, such as Spelman and Morehouse, also make strong showings.

Rankings here.

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