September/October 2014

A Note on methodology: 4-year colleges and universities

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. Thus, all three main categories were weighted equally when… Read more »

Affordable Elite Rankings Methodology

To construct the Affordable Elites ranking, we started with the 224 colleges in our rankings with a Barron’s competitiveness score of “very competitive plus,” “highly competitive,” “highly competitive plus,” or “most competitive.” These colleges were then ranked on a 3-point scale on each of five measures reflecting access, affordability, and student outcomes, with the maximum… Read more »

The Monthly Interview: Ralph Nader

In his new book, Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State, the consumer advocate and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader argues that on many issues, from undeclared wars to unprosecuted Wall Street crimes, liberal and conservative citizens increasingly agree with each other, and that, by working together, they can take back Washington…. Read more »

You Can’t Ask That

Enacted a generation ago in response to real abuses by some notorious medical researchers, so-called institutional review boards have morphed into entities that are stifling and distorting important research throughout academia.

America’s Worst Colleges

We set out to make a list of the poorest-performing colleges. What we found is that, while good schools are basically all alike, every crappy school is crappy in its own way.

Introduction: A Different Kind of College Ranking

To see our full list of rankings, click here. Last August, President Barack Obama traveled to the State University of New York at Buffalo to give a speech about higher education. It began with the usual tributes to college as a pillar of American opportunity and economic renewal. “A higher education is the single best… Read more »

A Tale of Two Zionists

The terms of the contemporary divide over Israel’s identity were laid out nearly a century ago by two fiery journalists, Vladimir Jabotinsky and Abraham Cahan.