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Morehouse Ranked Among Top Liberal Arts Colleges for Second Consecutive Year

(August 29, 2011) - Morehouse has, once again, been ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the nation by The Washington Monthly. This year, Morehouse is ranked No. 2 in the listing.

What is most significant about this ranking is that it focuses on three broad categories, which align with the College’s ethos. The rankings are based on an institution’s contribution to the public good in social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and Ph.Ds), and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).

Unlike U.S. News and World Report and similar guides, The Washington Monthly asks not what colleges can do for you, but what colleges and their graduates are doing for the country. For example, the focus is on whether institutions are educating low-income students or just catering to the affluent. This guide, according to the editors, asks, “Are we getting the most for our money?”

“We all benefit when colleges produce groundbreaking research that drives economic growth, when they offer students from low-income families the path to a better life, and when they shape the character of future leaders,” said the editors of Washington Monthly. “We all pay for it, through hundreds of billions of dollars in public subsidies. Everyone has a stake in how that money is spent.”

For Morehouse, this ranking resonates with the overall goal of the institution and President Robert M. Franklin’s vision of producing “Renaissance Men with a social conscience and global perspective.”

“Morehouse has always been concerned with developing the whole man,” said Franklin, class of 1975. “As the nation’s only institution of higher learning devoted to educating African American men, it is rewarding to know that the work we have done for the past 144 years is valued by the public, and particularly by an institution that lists institutional rankings and assesses the true worth of a good education.”

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