University of California at Riverside tops the Washington Monthly’s college rankings, which give top honors to schools that enroll and graduate “students of modest means” while “charging them a reasonable price,” write the editors.
The rankings also give credit for research — are these schools “creating the new technologies and ideas that will drive economic growth and advance human knowledge?” — and whether they encourage students to join the military or the Peace Corps or perform community service.
You’ll see it doesn’t intersect very much with U.S. News‘ college rankings.
Two years ago, President Obama pledged to rate every college and university in America by “who’s offering the best value,” note the Monthly‘s editors.
The higher ed lobby mobilized to kill the ratings plan. In June, it was canceled.
The Monthly also ranks the best bang-for-the-buck colleges.