Which ranking system is more helpful?

Washington Monthly takes a critical look at The U.S. News & World Report college rankings:

The U.S. News & World Report “relies on crude and easily manipulated measures of wealth, exclusivity, and prestige for its rankings,” Washington Monthly editor Paul Glastris wrote. The U.S. News’ rankings take into account freshmen retention rate, admissions’ selectivity, high school counselors’ opinions of the school, faculty salary, per-pupil spending and the rate of alumni giving, among other things.

They’ve come up with a system designed to measure how good the college is for the country:

the Monthly ranks schools using three main categories: how many low-income students the college enrolls, how much community and national service a given college’s students engage in, and the volume of groundbreaking research the university produces (in part measured by how many undergraduates go on to get PhDs).

For comparison with South Korea, where rankings are done by the Joongang Ilbo with parenthetical information from here:

The JoongAng Ilbo’s evaluation team analyzed documents provided by the ministry of education and universities from across the country. The overall university evaluation is based on four categories: educational conditions and financial resources (technology and number of buildings); globalization (foreign faculty, foreign students, classes taught in English); research and faculty (research papers in academic journals); and reputation and alumni representation in society.

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