One of the 2013’s big education policy stories was the president’s proposal to involve the federal government in the delicate process of measuring the value added by colleges in determining where they should rank. This is a subject on which the Washington Monthly had a long background, offering perhaps the preeminent current ranking systems for “bang for buck” and other contributions to the lives of students and their nation and community.

So we offer this discussion between Paul Glatris and Lumina Foundation president Jamie Merisotis on college accountability measures as a reflection of WaMo’s deep involvement in real-life issues:

If you like the idea of a magazine and a web-page promoting policy innovations that carry a lot of freight in the values they reflect and the examples they set, you should consider making a tax-deductible donation to encourage this sort of journalism. Future college students might well appreciate it.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.