Higher Education

Today in Unsurprising News: Student Debt is Getting Worse

The Wall Street Journal has up a very good piece on student debt. The whole thing is worth a read if you feel like you’re in too good of a mood and need a downer, but the gist is depressing enough: Today, two-thirds of college students borrow to pay for college, and their average debt… Read more »

Welcome

Welcome to the Washington Monthly’s College Guide site.

An Explanation of Our Categories

Overall score: Overall score represents the combined score of our three metrics—social mobility, research, and service—where the highest is 100 and the lowest is zero. Each individual metric is worth 33 1/3 total points. Social mobility: The first column shows the percentage of students receiving Pell Grants. The second shows the predicted rate of graduation,… Read more »

The Washington Monthly Annual College Guide

Introduction: A Different Kind of College Ranking by the Editors Editor’s Note by Paul Glastris College for $99 a Month The next generation of online education could be great for students—and catastrophic for universities. by Kevin Carey Pie in the Sky What happened when a billionaire pizza mogul tried to build an elite Catholic law… Read more »

A Note on Methodology

There are two primary goals to our methodology. First, we considered no single category to be more important than any other. Second, the final rankings needed to reflect excellence across the full breadth of our measures, rather than reward an exceptionally high focus on, say, research. All categories were weighted equally when calculating the final… Read more »

Failure to Launch

The history of higher ed is littered with big ideas that never quite took off.

Pie in the Sky

What happened when a billionaire pizza mogul tried to build an elite Catholic law school.