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Washington Monthly Ranks Doane First Among Nebraska Colleges

In Washington Monthly's college rankings, which emphasize both academics and service, Doane College placed first among Nebraska's liberal arts colleges and 115th nationally.

Created as an alternative to U.S. News & World Report's annual rankings, Washington Monthly editors say the methodology behind their rankings measures "not just what colleges can do for you, but what colleges are doing for the country."

 "In our eyes, America's best colleges are those that work hardest to help economically disadvantaged students earn the credentials that the job market demands...They are the colleges that emphasize the obligations students have to serve their communities and the nation at large."

The rankings were based on a school's contribution in three broad categories: social mobility, research and service.

That criteria is a natural fit for Doane, whose overall purpose is to educate students to serve and lead in the state, nation and the world. "Impact"  - preparing graduates to make a difference in their communities - is one of Doane's four core values.

Doane's place in the top half of all liberal arts colleges in the country was based on such categories as the percent of students receiving Pell Grants, the difference between predicted and actual graduation rates, the size of a school's Army and Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps programs and the number of alumni currently serving in the Peace Corps (relative to the size of the school), the percent of federal work-study funds spent on service, total research spending and the number of alumni who have gone on to receive a PhD.

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