Everyone who thinks about colleges knows about the US News & World Report College Rankings. Maybe they’re fair, maybe they’re not. Slate accused them of fiddling with their criteria to make the numbers change more often than they otherwise would.
Washington Monthly has a different list, rating colleges as measures of social mobility: who helps the most poor kids get good jobs? Whose students are more likely to be working in public service or for the public good? That kind of thing. The results are quite interesting.