Washington Monthly’s college guide ranks schools by how good they are for the country: “how well it performs as an engine of social mobility (ideally helping the poor to get rich rather than the very rich to get very, very rich), how well it does in fostering scientific and humanistic research, and how well it promotes an ethic of service to country.” MIT and Berkeley top the Monthly’s rankings, and Penn State and Texas A&M do very well; Princeton plummets.
Also in the new issue, Rachel Morris writes about the wave of novels about college admissions, the modern route to social status and advancement. Kevin Carey analyzes attempts to determine how much students are learning at various colleges and universities.
Why am I blogging instead of enjoying my honeymoon in Switzerland, you ask. It’s been raining for four days; the forecast calls for two more days of rain before we move up to “cloudy.” I am looking forward to cloudy.
Update: We’re in Lucerne, the sun is shining, there are actual patches of blue sky and my guest bloggers are blogging. I’ll be back in 10 days or more.