Grading Higher Education Institutions by Their Contribution to the Public Good

grad caps - lineWashington Monthly magazine recently released its annual college rankings.  Now in its eighth year, what makes this ranking system unique from all others, is that the magazine rates colleges and universities on a very different scale than most other publications: they rate colleges and universities by their contribution to the public good.

How do they define the public good? “We give high marks to institutions that enroll low-income students, help them graduate, and don’t charge them an arm and a leg to attend.”

Why do they choose to rank institutions in this way? “We do this because everyone has a stake in the conduct of our colleges and universities.” We couldn’t agree more.

To read more about the magazine’s methodology, check out their introductory article to the rankings system here.

As an organization committed to advancing the role of higher education for the public good, we applaud the Washington Monthly for showcasing the role of higher education institutions in advancing social change and equity in education for all capable students.

Oh, and don’t forget to check out the latest rankings!