Welcome to the Washington Monthly’s annual College Guide and Rankings, where we rate schools based on what they are doing for the country. It’s our answer to U.S News & World Report, which relies on crude and easily manipulated measures of wealth, exclusivity, and prestige to evaluate schools.
For the last thirteen years, the Washington Monthly has ranked colleges based on what they do for the country.
No publication has ever ranked the schools where millions of Americans seek job skills. Until now.
For universities squeezed by falling enrollments, recruiting ex-offenders could be a new source of revenue—and a chance to transform lives.
A few universities are using predictive analytics to boost student success. Are they outliers—or the wave of the future?
Geography is a barrier to higher education for tens of millions of rural Americans. A few states have hit on an innovative solution.
The battle lines for the next Congress are already clear.
Nearly a third of all undergrads are twenty-five or older. Yet no publication ranks the top schools for them—except us.
Our exclusive list of schools that help non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices.
Our first-of-its-kind list of the schools doing the most to turn students into citizens.
Why the war on minority voting rights is about to get even worse.
Investigatory traffic stops are pointless and discriminatory. Why do police still conduct them?
A colossal infrastructure investment program could make Beijing a lot of friends around the world—or a lot of enemies.
How hidden fees bleed the middle class dry.
We began with the 3,487 postsecondary institutions in the fifty states and Washington, D.C., that were listed in the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) as being active in the 2016–17 academic year and had a Carnegie basic classification in 2015 of between 1 and 23, excluding many colleges that only grant certificates as well… Read more »
To establish the set of colleges included in the rankings, we started with the 1,739 colleges in the fifty states that are listed in the U.S. Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and have a 2015 Carnegie basic classification of research, master’s, baccalaureate, and baccalaureate/associate’s colleges, are not exclusively graduate colleges, participate… Read more »