LEFTIST FEEL-GOODERY?…. We here at the Washington Monthly were pretty excited about the launch of our new College Guide and Rankings. The National Review‘s George Leef isn’t impressed.

If you think the US News rankings are silly, this will have you rolling on the floor. Why does the fact that lots of students are taking advantage of Pell Grants mean that the school is good? Ditto for the proclivity of alums to enter the Peace Corps. Those are proxies for leftist feel-good notions, but they don’t tell us anything about the schools’ educational value for students.

Reasonable points? Not really. My colleague Jesse Singal responds to Leef’s concerns at the Monthly‘s new College Guide Blog.

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