The latest issue of the Washington Monthly is now live.
Today the magazine releases its annual College Rankings. This is our answer to rankings like U.S. News & World Report, which rely on easily manipulated measures of wealth, exclusivity, and prestige to determine college quality. Instead, the Monthly rates schools based on what they are doing for the country–on whether they’re improving social mobility, producing research, and promoting public service.
All of the features in this issue are about higher education. Check out Ben Miller and Phuong Ly’s piece on colleges that are fundamentally dropout factories. Another feature, Eric Hoover’s “Campus Tours Go Disney ,” looks at how campus tours manipulate potential students and their parents. I’ve also got a piece in this issue, about how George Washington University is one of the best up-and-coming colleges in America, and why that’s the problem.
Check out the new issue here.