The latest issue of the Washington Monthly is now live.
Today the magazine releases its annual College Rankings. This is our answer to ratings 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 Susan Headden’s piece the tests that people into remedial courses, effectively denying millions of capable working-class students a chance to earn a college degree. Another feature, John Gravois’s “ The College For-profits Should Fear,” looks at a nonprofit online university that is eating the lunch of the for-profit behemoths. Kevin Carey also has a piece in here on the coming digital revolution in college admissions and how it could rattle the meritocracy and make America’s most exclusive colleges even more exclusive.
Check out the new issue here.