September 21, 2012
Knox College is one of the top colleges in the nation, in a ranking that examines schools based on their "contribution to public good."
Released in the September-October issue of Washington Monthly magazine and the magazine's website, the rankings place Knox 11th among liberal arts colleges in the nation, according to scores in three areas: service, social mobility, research.
The service score is designed to measure the extent that colleges are "encouraging students to give something back to their country." It includes graduates who enter the Peace Corps and the college's support for community service.
The social mobility score looks at Knox's commitment to recruiting and graduating low-income students.
The research ranking includes both funds for academic research on campus and the success of Knox graduates in earning PhDs, the academic degree that requires original research in the student's field of study.
Washington Monthly explains its rankings:
"Unlike U.S. News and World Report and similar guides, this one asks not what colleges can do for you, but what colleges are doing for the country. Are they educating low-income students, or just catering to the affluent? Are they improving the quality of their teaching, or ducking accountability for it? Are they trying to become more productive-and if so, why is average tuition rising faster than health care costs? Every year we lavish billions of tax dollars and other public benefits on institutions of higher learning. This guide asks: Are we getting the most for our money?"