Bethel College remains one of the top five “baccalaureate colleges” as ranked by “Washington Monthly” for 2015–16.
“Washington Monthly” considers institutions within four areas as defined by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Baccalaureate colleges, according to Carnegie, comprise “schools that focus on undergraduate education but offer fewer than half of their degrees in the liberal arts.”
The “Washington Monthly” rankings measure institutions based on contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility, research and service. . . .
In addition, as the sole private, liberal arts college in Kansas to be listed on Forbes.com’s Top Colleges list for 2015-16, Bethel College can claim high scores in return on investment.
Only four Kansas schools made the eighth annual Forbes.com analysis of the 650 top (just under 10 percent of the total) U.S. colleges and universities.
The other three are regents’ universities, and Bethel ranks ahead of Wichita State University — behind the University of Kansas and Kansas State University — in a survey based on “output” over “input.”
“A growing number of colleges and universities are now focusing on student-consumer value over marketing prestige,” writes Caroline Howard of Forbes.com, “making this a new age of return-on-investment education. This pivot is the result of intense public scrutiny on the substantial cost of a degree vs. long tail worth — the very heart of Forbes’ definitive Top Colleges ranking.”