With all the controversy surrounding NCLB and average yearly progress, it’s no wonder that no one wants to talk about accountability in college programs. And besides, everyone knows which colleges are the good ones. College reputation among other college officials accounts for 25% of the US News and World Report ranking.
But there is something to be said in measuring school effectiveness (what’s done with the measurements is another matter.) The latest edition of the Washington Monthly has it’s second Annual College Guide and it’s worth reading.
A year ago, we decided we’d had enough of laying into U.S. News & World Report for shortcomings in its college guide. If we were so smart, maybe we should produce a college guide of our own. So we did. (We’re that smart.) We’ve produced a second guide this year–our rankings for national universities and liberal arts colleges–and it’s fair to ask: Is our guide better than that of U.S. News?