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Rating College Rankings

‘Tis the season for college rankings and NPR recently added their thoughts to the conversation. Longtime college rankings such as those provided by U.S. News & World Report and the Princeton Review, recently joined by rankings from the likes of the U.S. Department of Education, have become students’ go-to sources for help determining the right school for them. But, as NPR notes, the ranking systems have flaws when assessed under an evolving understanding of what a college education can bring to the table.

As we’ve seen in college assessments like Washington Monthly’s recent adult learners ranking, which rates colleges by how well they support contemporary learners through measures such as ease of transfer and schedule flexibility, today’s learners value different facets of a college than those often covered by established rankings. As today’s student body continues to become more diverse, NPR’s assessment of college rankings illustrates the importance of judging a college by the things that really matter.

For the results of NPR’s assessment, click here.


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