Ranking the Worst Colleges and Universities in the U.S.

ACADEME BLOG

This month’s issue of Washington Monthly includes a thoughtful article by Ben Miller in which he attempts to compile such rankings and, in fact, provides several alternative lists of the twenty worst colleges and universities in the U.S.

Worst Colleges 1

Worst Colleges 2

For analyses of the rankings, see the full article, which is available at: http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/magazine/septemberoctober_2014/features/americas_worst_colleges051752.php?page=all.

Most of the institutions on these lists are quite small. I am curious how far down on these lists one would have to go to find the major online for-profit institutions.

In fact, it seems to me that there should be at least one other list, accounting for an institution’s size. One very large online for-profit institution can, after all, negatively impact as many students as—or even more students than—all of the small institutions on these lists, even if its percentages are not quite as bad. How, for instance, has Corinthian Colleges managed to escape these lists?

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