September/October 2015

Can Gay Wedlock Break Political Gridlock?: A Debate

This article includes a reply by David Blankenhorn, William Galston, Jonathan Rauch, and Barbara Dafoe Whitehead. In the divisive, partisan political debates in D.C., the term “grand bargain” refers to a deal in which each side gives up a dearly held position to get what they want. Democrats accept entitlement cuts, for example, while Republicans… Read more »

Tilting at Windmills

Winning the angry-about-tuition vote Higher education is going to be one of the sleeper issues of the 2016 campaign season. The reason is that voters are furious at rising tuition, particularly at public colleges and universities, where most students go. Millennials—who overwhelmingly supported Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012 and are a must-win demographic for… Read more »

Introduction: A Different Kind of College Ranking

To see our full list of rankings, click here. Two years ago this month, President Barack Obama made a bold promise: Starting with the 2015-16 academic year, his administration would rate every college and university in America. Instead of comparing colleges with the wealth and prestige measures used by the likes of U.S. News &… Read more »

Restoring Henry

Niall Ferguson, Kissinger’s authorized biographer, begins the arduous task of rolling his subject’s fallen reputation back up the hill. The historian Greg Grandin kicks it right back down again.

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 »