How does a historically black college beat out almost the entire Ivy League? By working toward the greater good.
We wrote last month about the ways America's most elite schools rank students are warped in favor of the wealthy. Nonprofit magazine Washington Monthly says the way in which colleges themselves are ranked suffers from a similar affliction.
For five years now, Washington Monthly has released its own college rankings to compete with those of US News & World Report, purveyor of the nation's most famous college ranking list. While US News' ranking focuses primarily on things like "student selectivity" and "financial resources," Washington Monthly looks at metrics related to social impact. "We rate schools based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories," says the magazine, "Social Mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), Research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs), and Service (encouraging students to give something back to their country)."