According to the Washington Monthly, colleges should " be engines of social mobility, they should produce the academic minds and scientific research that advance knowledge and drive economic growth, and they should inculcate and encourage an ethic of service."
With these criteria and publicly available data, they ranked US colleges and universities as follows:
- UC Berkeley
- Penn State
- Texas A&M
- UC San Diego
- University of Pennsylvania
- University of Michigan
Certainly a different approach. Maybe this ranking that indicates where the government should invest its dollars. I'm not sure it reveals where parents should invest their dollars.