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Washington Monthly Ranks Doane High

Washington Monthly ranked Doane College the second best liberal arts college in Nebraska and 138th 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 the colleges can do for you, but what colleges are doing for the country."

The rankings for Washington Monthly are based on 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).

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 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.