Higher Education

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A Note on Teach for America

In its 2006 college guide, the Washington Monthly reported on the incredible growth of Teach for America, the program that recruits top graduating seniors for two-year stints in low-income, low-performing schools across the country. With an acceptance rate so low that it rivals the most competitive colleges, the organization had made TFA a coveted credential—and… Read more »

Introduction: A Different Kind of College Ranking

In the space of a little more than a week this past June, two university presidents revealed just how cynical they’re willing to be. First, Clemson University President James F. Barker admitted to rating Clemson as the single greatest university in America—better than Harvard, Yale, or any other—when he filled out the reputational survey that… Read more »

Editor’s Note: Bending the Curve

In this issue we proudly present the Washington Monthly’s annual College Guide, including our very own College Rankings. As in previous years, our intent is to offer an alternative to U.S. News & World Report’s rankings, which we find objectionable for a number of reasons (see “A Different Kind of College Ranking”). Our approach is… Read more »

The Higher Ed Lobby: A Glossary

N onprofit colleges and universities are represented in Washington by an alphabet soup of organized associations, the most important of which comprise the “Big Six.” The largest and most powerful is the American Council on Education. The other members are the Association of American Universities, an exclusive group of top research institutions that allows new… Read more »

A Note on Methodology – 2006

W e settled on two primary goals in 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… Read more »

College Guide – A Note on Methodology – 2006

W e settled on two primary goals in 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… Read more »

Now, That’s Classy

N ext month, 1,000 of my closest friends and I will begin our senior year at Columbia. We will then enter a year-long panic about our futures. We’ll consider all the usual options. Wannabe lawyers will weigh medium-term futures as law students in Palo Alto or paralegals at Boies, Schiller & Flexner. Anthro and science… Read more »

Apps Lit

What the new wave of college-admissions fiction tells us about higher education.