Ranking Colleges

Jan 23, 2013 |  William Casement

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Ranking Colleges

Jan 23, 2013 | 

William Casement

Excerpt from Making College Right: Chapter 2, Ranking Colleges

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(Back cover) American higher education is in a state of disarray, and in some ways downright dysfunction. There are major problems that need to be fixed: skyrocketing tuition, mania over college rankings, the crass commercialism of big-time sports, controversial admissions preferences for certain groups, a basic liberal arts curriculum that fails to do its job and increasingly shifts the responsibility to high schools, to name only some. Yet the powers in control — colleges nationwide, along with U.S. NEWS magazine, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, and the College Board — refuse to make essential changes in the system. Instead they offer a facade of rationalizations and misinformation to justify unsound practices.

Making College Right confronts this situation through a hard-hitting but fair-minded analysis that highlights what's wrong and why, and suggests solutions that are unorthodox but practical. The author, William Casement, is both a professional philosopher and a successful businessman whose perspective is unique. He interrogates the public persona of the higher education establishment and cuts through the spin to expose the underlying confusion, then applies common sense principles for setting our nation's colleges on a proper course.

george seaver

| January 23, 2013 - 10:26 AM

An objection that I have to Peter Woods summary is of general relevance: making equivalent things that are not equivalent. Racial preference is a faction; legacy is not. Racial preference is a “mortal disease” that will destroy a republic, legacy will not.


| February 01, 2013 - 5:29 PM

I enjoyed reading the chapter and agree that multiple measures of quality is the way to go. However, as the methodologist for the 2012 Washington Monthly college rankings, I wanted to clarify the treatment of the rankings on p. 36. The emphasis is on the percentage of students enrolled who receive Pell Grants and the overall graduation rate, not the graduation rate for Pell Grant recipients (as that information has not yet made its way into IPEDS).