College Guide


June 30, 2009 1:37 AM Introduction: A Different Kind of College Ranking

By The Editors

We share their frustration. But rather than dismiss the whole idea of rankings, we invite academics to embrace our rankings. Seriously. If the Washington Monthly College Rankings were to become as influential as those of U.S. News (hey, it could happen), the whole screwy incentive structure of higher education would change. Schools would no longer have to obsess over SAT scores or jack up the number of applications they ding in order to be recognized as great. Instead, to boost their scores on our list, they would have to recruit and graduate more low-income kids, train more scientists and engineers, and encourage more of their students to serve their country. The end result would be healthier, happier, prouder college campuses, and a more democratic, equitable, and prosperous America. Those are goals we can all rank highly.


  • johnny on September 02, 2009 1:17 PM:

    I don't understand. The article says that Caltech is at 141st, but the list posts them at 29th...

  • ginny on October 01, 2009 8:29 PM:

    what a stupid way to rank colleges. Instead of academic acheivement--how many Pell Grants? you have got to be kidding.

  • ginny on October 01, 2009 8:32 PM:

    the next thing you know, you'll be ranking them on the number of basket-weaving classes they have.