The Editors


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 »

Introduction: A Different Kind of College Ranking

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 Obama Should Read

arack Obama, it is safe to say, likes books more than his predecessor did. We know that much because he has written a couple of good onesmost notably, the well-received memoir Dreams From My Father, which launched him into the public sphere as a writer before his political career beganand because it is not a… Read more »

Introduction

n most issues of the Washington Monthly, we favor articles that we hope will launch a debate. In this issue we seek to end one. The unifying message of the articles that follow is, simply, Stop. In the wake of September 11, the United States became a nation that practiced torture. Astonishinglydespite the repudiation of… Read more »

Introduction

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, weve long argued that the U.S. News ratings are silly, because they dont measure what its… Read more »