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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

College Rankings by "Contributions to Society"

Washington Monthly Washington Monthly has released its annual college rankings, "which rate schools not based on crude and easily-manipulated measures of money and prestige, like certain other magazines do, but rather on their contributions to society."  The methodology is:

Community Service (33.3%)

  • % of Alumni in Peace Corps
  • % of Students in Army/Navy ROTC
  • % of Work-Study Grants Spent on Community Service Projects

Research (33.3%)

  • Research Expenditures
  • % of Students Earning Ph.Ds
  • Number of Science & Engineering Ph.Ds Awarded
  • % of Faculty Receiving Prestigious Awards
  • % of Faculty in National Academies

Social Mobility (33.3%)

  • % of Students Receiving Pell Grants
  • Actual Graduation Rate v. Predicted Graduation Rate

Here are the Top 25 National Universities according to Washington Monthly (out of 258 schools), along with the schools' corresponding U.S. News rank:

Wash. Monthly

Rank

 

National

Universities

U.S.

News

Rank

1

UC-Berkeley

21

2

UC-San Diego

35

3

UCLA

24

4

Stanford

4

5

Texas A&M

61

6

South Carolina State

Tier 3

7

Penn State

47

8

William & Mary

33

9

Texas

47

10

UC-Davis

42

11

Harvard

1

12

MIT

4

13

Chicago

8

14

U. Washington

42

15

Case Western

41

16

UC-Riverside

96

17

Cornell

15

18

Michigan

27

19

Notre Dame

20

20

Ohio State

53

21

UC-Santa Barbara

42

22

Jackson State

Tier 4

23

Yale

1

24

Illinois

39

25

Johns Hopkins

14

Top 10 National Universities according to U.S. News that fare poorly in the Washington Monthly rankings are Princeton (#1 in U.S. News, #28 in Washington Monthly), Cal-Tech (#4, #29), Penn (#4, #59), Columbia (#8, #42), and Duke (#10, #33).

Here are the Top 25 Liberal Arts Colleges according to Washington Monthly (out of 253 schools), along with the schools' corresponding U.S. News rank:

Wash. Monthly

Rank

Liberal

Arts

Colleges

U.S.

News

Rank

1

Amherst

2

2

Mt. Holyoke

25

3

Williams

1

4

Harvey Mudd

14

5

Haverford

10

6

Smith

18

7

Bryn Mawr

25

8

Swarthmore

3

9

Carleton

8

10

Wellesley

4

11

Wesleyan

13

12

Berea

Tier 3

13

Whitman

36

14

Morehouse

Tier 3

15

Wheaton

56

16

Reed

49

17

Oberlin

22

18

St. John’s

27

19

Macalester

29

20

Grinnell

14

21

Spelman

68

22

Bowdoin

6

23

Middlebury

4

24

Barnard

30

25

Vassar

11

Top 10 Liberal Arts Colleges according to U.S. News that fare poorly in the Washington Monthly rankings are Pomona (#6 in U.S. News, #31 in Washington Monthly) and Davidson (#8, #36).

(Hat Tip: Francine Lipman.)

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Comments

Sounds like all the good people live in California or Massachusetts. Or perhaps this is simply the methodology?

Posted by: mike livingston | Sep 2, 2009 7:07:48 PM