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Washington Monthly Picks Doane as State's Top Liberal Arts college

Doane College placed first among Nebraska's liberal arts colleges and 130th nationally in Washington Monthly's 2011 college rankings, rankings the magazine says "show not just what colleges can do for you, but what colleges are doing for the country."

According to Washington Monthly, the liberal arts college rankings rate schools based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs), and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).

The criteria is a natural fit for Doane. Part of its mission for students is a commitment to engage as leaders and responsible citizens in the world.  

Each of the rankings' categories includes several components. The service category components include the number of alumni currently serving in the Peace Corps, the percentage of federal work-study grant money spent on community service projects; the number of students participating in community service and total service hours performed, the number of full-time staff supporting community service, the number of academic courses that incorporate service and whether the institution provides scholarships for community service.  Social mobility components include the percentage of a school's students on Pell Grants as a measure of a school's commitment to educating lower-income students.

The complete rankings and information on the methodology behind it can be found on the Washington Monthly website .