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Changes in America's worst-college list

The Washington Monthly has posted a corrected list of America's Worst Colleges, based on six-year graduation rates. The new bottom 10 are below, replacing the list I posted last week. The monthly removed from its list three schools -- St. Augustine’s College, Nyack College and Visible School-Music and Worship Arts College -- that appeared to qualify initially "based upon graduation rate data they reported to a database maintained by the U.S. Department of Education," the monthly said. "We have since determined that those schools reported incorrect graduation rate information to the government; had they reported accurate data they would not have been included."

Some of the colleges that contacted me complained that they calculated their graduation rate using a different formula that made them look better. I will post an exchange next week between one university representative and the writer of the Washington Monthly piece, illustrating the complications of graduation rate calculation.

  • 1. Southern University at New Orleans: 5 percent
  • 2. Allen University, S.C.: 6 percent
  • 3. Martin University, Ind.: 7 percent
  • 4. Bellevue University, Neb.: 7 percent
  • 5. Calumet College of St. Joseph, Ind.: 7 percent
  • 6. Baker College (Auburn Hills, Mich.): 7 percent
  • 7. University of the District of Columbia: 8 percent
  • 8. East-West University, Ill.: 9 percent
  • 9. Haskell Indian Nations University, Kan.: 9 percent
  • 10. Crichton College, Tenn.: 9 percent

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    So what was St. Augustine's correct graduation rate? I know a few grads and we were all blown away by the 8% number.

    Posted by: ruhbehka | September 2, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

    good question. i will ask the monthly and post the answer in another comment here.

    Posted by: Jay Mathews | September 2, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

    According to the co-writer of the Washington Monthly piece, Ben Miller of the Education Sector think tank, a St. Augustine's official says its correct graduation rate is 38 percent.

    Posted by: Jay Mathews | September 2, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

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