The University of Washington is ranked 16th in the country among national universities based on its commitment to service, according to results released today by Washington Monthly.
The publication uses an avowedly different methodology from other national rankings in deciding which universities are worthy of recognition. The methodology rewards schools based on their ability to meet “their public obligations in the areas of research, service and social mobility,”according to the magazine.
The magazine rates universities on their success in graduating students from lower economic backgrounds. It ranks schools in their research expenditures and their relative success in producing students who go on to receive doctoral degrees, as well as the quality of the faculty.
Schools and colleges are ranked based on the number of students who go on to serve in the Peace Corps relative to school size, as well as the percentage of students serving in ROTC. The magazine also rewards schools that use work-study money for community service, the number of students who participate in community service, and the number of staff supporting community service.
University of California, San Diego, was ranked first. Of the top 20 universities, 13 are public institutions. The complete rankings are published at http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/college_guide/toc_2010.php.