T his month, U.S. News & World Report releases its annual rankings of colleges. First published in 1983, the guide has become its own mini-event: College presidents, education reporters, alumni, parents, and high school juniors alike all scramble to get their hands on the rankings. Its release is followed by weeks of gloating from the… Read more »
T here 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… Read more »
Download the community college rankings by clicking on the image below: Click here to read more about the methodology.
Download this year’s national university and liberal arts college rankings by clicking on the appropriate images below: Click here to read more about the methodology.
Welcome to One Dupont Circle, where good education-reform ideas go to die.
Irked by what they saw as flaws in U.S. News’s methodology for ranking colleges, a group of reformers in the late 1990s pioneered a new approach. With a grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts, a panel of educational experts set out to develop a way to quantify how well colleges actually teach their undergraduates. The… Read more »
Why they’re better than some four-year universities.
This summer, a group of sixty-one liberal arts college presidents announced that they would no longer participate in the annual U.S. News & World Report college rankings. We were of two minds about this news. On the one hand, we’ve long argued that the U.S. News ratings are silly, because they don’t measure what its… Read more »
What your alma mater could learn from Cascadia Community College
Liz Coleman, the president of Bennington College Bennington College talks (in 2009) about what’s wrong with American higher education and how we might be able to fix it. The progression of today’s college student is to jettison every interest except one. And within that one, to continually narrow the focus, learning more and more about… Read more »