Tuesday, August 23, 2005

College Rankings

The Washington Monthly, fed up with the way U.S. News ranks colleges and universities, has devised their own methodology. Instead of measuring a school's prestige, the magazine looks at whether a school is improving the quality of life in America — through research, community service, helping low-income students graduate, etc.

Seems like kind of a bogus idea, but Haverford and Berkeley did OK. Haverford was No. 7 on the liberal arts college list (and Bryn Mawr was No. 3!). Berkeley was No. 3 on the university list.

On the U.S. News list this year, Haverford checked in at No. 8, tied with Middlebury (and unfairly ranked below such "schools" as Carleton, Bowdoin and Wellesley).