College Rankings

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Are These the Best Christian Colleges and Universities?

My friend Christian Collins Winn must have had a maliciously gleeful twinkle in his eye when he posted this link on my Facebook page yesterday, with the caption “Fodder for the PS…” Yes, I’ve managed to go about a year without analyzing such nonsense, but Christian knew that I couldn’t possibly avoid bait as tempting as a … Continue reading

That Was The Week That Was

Here… • The Armenian genocide turned 100. (Lots more links below on this topic…) • Whatever it means to be a prophet, Michael Eric Dyson was pretty sure that Cornel West isn’t one. • There are worse ways to spend a Saturday than listening to enthusiastic undergraduates talk about history. (By the way, later this week I’ll share … Continue reading

Further Thoughts on the “Protestant Notre Dame”

Just what would make Liberty University — or Baylor University or any other claimant to the title — “the Protestant Notre Dame“? Among other fine responses to my post on this topic yesterday, Aaron Morrison suggested that Liberty president Jerry Falwell, Jr. “needed to clarify what he meant by ‘Notre Dame’” before deeming his school … Continue reading

That Was The Week That Was

Here… • Were these the best history books of 2014? • Which Bible passages most shaped your understanding of God? • Want to help publicize our book on Pietism and Christian higher ed? (Thanks to John Fea, among others, for already helping the cause!) …There and Everywhere • As someone who was creating podcasts back in the … Continue reading

That Was The Week That Was

Here… • Beware the fearmongering of higher ed pundits… • …and find some hope in the opportunity of educating a “spiritual, but not religious” generation. • We probably came up with about fifteen C’s of institutional history at our Conference on Faith and History panel on the subject, but I narrowed it down to six. …There and Everywhere … Continue reading

That Was The Week That Was

Here… • As if I needed any more proof that I’m Minnesotan: I’m still blushing from the superlatives lavished on our Pietism/higher ed book by its endorsers. Thanks, Amos, Jake, John, John, Rhonda, and Shirley! • GW Carlson on Glen Stassen: “Stassen’s calm but passionate presentations suggested that we need to take seriously the Sermon on the … Continue reading

How Christian Colleges Fare in the New Rankings from Money Magazine

Another year, another new college ranking system: Using unique measures of educational quality, affordability, and career outcomes, MONEY’s new value rankings will help you and your child find the right school at the right price. I guess whatever Forbes, Washington Monthly, and the Chronicle of Higher Education can do, Money can do better. (Certainly better than U.S. News.) And, for what it’s … Continue reading

That Was The Week That Was

Here… • Little did I realize that adding Jared Burkholder as a regular blogger here would mean more posts on both sects and sex. • Giving a mini-homily on Genesis 35 reminded me that Carl Lundquist once used that text to reflect more deeply on what it means that Bethel is Beth-El, the House of … Continue reading

The Challenge of Ranking Christian Colleges

It’s about as unlikely as a question as you’re going to see over an article in The Atlantic: “Is it possible to judge a school’s ability to encourage deeper religious faith?” But that’s what appeared this morning above a piece by freelance writer Ruth Graham, who started by confessing that she sometimes wonders whether my … Continue reading

Well-Paid (or Meaningful) Work as a Measure of Higher Education

Well, my vow not to parse any more college rankings lasted about five weeks. Right up until… wait for it… Now. Last week the New York Times highlighted a website called, which released its annual ranking of just over a thousand American colleges and universities. Here’s the hook: PayScale doesn’t look at reputation (U.S. News) … Continue reading

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