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The College Solution: A Guide for Everyone Looking for the Right School at the Right Price by Lynn O’Shaughnessy

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Rankings and Community Colleges

When U.S. News & World Report’s annual college rankings are released, community colleges are never included on the lists. Considering the controversy that the rankings fuel, that’s not a bad thing. But some education insiders believe that ranking community colleges is a worthwhile pursuit.

Washington Monthly created a stir in 2007 when it published a list of what it called the 30 best community colleges in the country. Education Sector, a well-regarded education think tank, compiled the list.

Education Sector was looking for schools that fared the best in the five areas that the survey measures. The organization also independently obtained community college graduation rates. Those rates are definitely worth looking ...

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