U.S. News & World Report’s Top College Rankings
U.S. News and World Report came out with its top college rankings again. No surprises: Harvard and Princeton are tied for the top spot, Yale comes in third followed by a cluster at #4- Cal Tech, MIT, Stanford and Univ. of Penn.
The US News & World Report methodology is based upon the SAT scores of the students, the selectivity of the schools, their reputation with their Peers and the amount of money donated by alumni. This sounds like a recipe for inbreeding to me, but I am inherently prejudiced against most Ivy League schools.
A Clemson University (#61) administrator admitted to trying to game the system by rating Clemson #1. This sounds like the same thing that goes on in college athletics as they rank football teams.
Forbes uses a different system of rating schools which resulted in the United States Military Academy at West Point as the top school. Imagine that in the liberal world of academia- a military school highly rated. The Forbes system of rating uses the debt load of the graduates, their employability, and the controversial ratemyprofessors.com.
The American Council of Trustees and Alumni, which advocates schools teaching a strong core curriculum, does not rate the Ivy League schools very highly. This group gave an “F” to 9 of the top 20 US News listed schools based on their curriculum, while giving an “A” to West Point, Texas A&M, University of Texas, Arkansas, The City University of New York-Brooklyn College.
The ACTA discovered that about 90% of the country’s leading universities do not require a survey course in American Government or American History. (Maybe this explains why Obama is a Marxist). Just two of the schools listed required an Economics course as part of the core curriculum- Univ. of Alaska at Fairbanks and West Point. Again, you wonder why we have marxists in congress and the White House…there you go. And some of the top schools core curriculum included some pretty mindless stuff like Stanford’s class on “The New Renaissance of a Hawaiian Musical Tradition” Voof.
Baptists will be happy that Baylor Univ. in Waco made the list at #80. (When my mother was looking at going to college in the 1940’s my Grandfather would not let her go to Baylor because it was TOO LIBERAL! She went to Wheaton instead.) The Univ. of Tulsa is the first Oklahoma school on the list at #88 while OU, my alma mater, doesn’t show up until #102.
If an Ivy League school has the kind of reputation that impresses people, but whose famous professors do not actually teach the undergraduates, but rather focus on Ph.D. seminars, writing their books and doing “research”, why bother? The real questions for higher education are these:
1) Are you teaching truth? Most of academia has gone over to the liberal agenda.
2) Are you teaching undergrads with excellence and high standards so that they not only learn truth but acquire a hunger for truth because truth is also beautiful?
3) Do you have a core curriculum required of all students that is centered on the Great Ideas of Western Civilization?
My idea of a core curriculum would include 6 hrs of the history of Western Civ, 6 hours of Western Lit, 6 hrs of US History, 3 hrs of Grammar and Composition, 3 hours of American Lit, 3 hours of Government, 3 hours on the founding documents of America (including the Mayflower Compact, Declaration of Independence, the Northwest Ordinance, Jefferson’s 1777 Bill for Establishing Religious Freedom, The Articles of Confederation, The Federalist Papers, the US Constitution, Bill of Rights and all subsequent amendments, and Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech.) The core should include 3 hours of the music appreciation, 6 hours of math, 6 hours of economics and 8 hours of science. Additionally, each school should require 2 years of a foreign language. Finally, 3 hours of Logic and 3 hours of Western Philosophy.
But none of these course would be good if taught by closed minded, liberal professors who want to brainwash students.
PS, and maybe a course on the writings of Ayn Rand.