President John F. Kennedy would have liked the way Washington Monthly ranks colleges.
“Conventional rankings like those published by U.S. News & World Report are designed to show what colleges can do for you,” say the magazine’s editors. “Since 2005, our rankings have posed a different question: What are colleges doing for the country?”
According to the Washington Monthly College Guide and Rankings, Keuka College is doing a lot.
In its 2012 rankings, Keuka is ranked No. 8 out of 309 baccalaureate colleges in the country. The College was No. 38 a year ago.
“I have been on campus barely two months and in such a short time what I knew about the College has been confirmed by my observations, and the contagious enthusiasm is everywhere,” said College President Jorge Díaz-Herrera. “I’m not surprised we are so close to being the No.1 baccalaureate college in the country. Well done Keuka! I look forward to continued successes and new beginnings.”
The Washington Monthly rankings are based on social mobility, research and service.
According to the editors, one-third of each college’s score is based on social mobility, that is, “how committed are they to enrolling low-income students and helping them earn degrees?” The second category looks at research production and success at sending undergraduates on to Ph.Ds. The third measure focuses on service. “It’s not enough to help students look out for themselves. The best colleges encourage students to give something back.”
In the service metric, Keuka is ranked No. 1 in the country in terms of “community service participation and hours served.”
Keuka has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the past four years.
For more on the Washington Monthly College Guide and Rankings, go to http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/college_guide/index.php.