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Morehouse Named One of the Nation’s Top Liberal Arts Colleges by Washington Monthly Magazine

By ADD SEYMOUR JR.

(May 28, 2010) -- Morehouse College has been ranked one of the nation’s best liberal arts colleges in Washington Monthly’s 2009 College Guide.

Morehouse was named the country’s 14th best liberal arts college and received top 20 rankings in research, service and overall ranking from the 40-year-old magazine. Morehouse ranked ahead of prestigious institutions such as Vassar (25th), Spelman (21st), and St. John’s University (18th). Amherst College was ranked No. 1.

“This ranking confirms President Robert M. Franklin’s view of the College being a global resource and a place where we expect our students to make a difference,” said Provost Weldon Jackson ’72. “The rankings of the Washington Monthly focus on the notion of public good and community service, which simply speaks to the fact that others see what we’re doing. It’s gratifying.”

The Washington, D.C.-based magazine’s methodology for ranking institutions is different from the way it is done at other publications. No category is considered more important than any other, with all categories equally weighted when calculating the final score. The final rankings reflect excellence across the full breadth of their measures. The focus is on three areas: research, community service and social mobility. (For an explanation of the magazine’s methodology in ranking colleges and universities, go to http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/college_guide/feature/a_note_on_methodology_1.php).

The magazine’s rankings put a focus on what the college is doing for the country instead of what the college is doing for individuals, said Washington Monthly’s editor –in-chief, Paul Glastris.

“Our editors realize that we all depend on institutions of higher education to produce future scholars and ground-breaking research, provide opportunities for first-generation and low-income students, and ultimately graduate a generation of innovative and selfless leaders,” wrote Glastris and Diane Straus Tucker, publisher, in a letter to the College.

“By giving credit where it’s due to colleges that are truly fulfilling their public obligations, we hope to elevate our shared values and recognize college leaders who are doing the right thing,” they stated.

For an entire list of the magazine’s rankings, go to http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/college_guide/toc_2009.php.

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