The University of Florida is among the nation's top universities in a new ranking based on "public good" put out by Washington Monthly magazine. UF also was the top-ranked school in the magazine's "Best Bang for the Buck" category, in which Florida State University and the University of Central Florida also did well.
The rankings, released Monday, aim to determine "what colleges are doing for the country," the magazine said.
"Are they educating low-income students, or just catering to the affluent? Are they improving the quality of their teaching, or ducking accountability for it? Are they trying to become more productive—and if so, why is average tuition rising faster than health care costs?"
In the national universities list, UF was the top-performing Florida school, placing 24th, based on "public good" rankings that looked at recruiting and graduating low-income students, research and encouraging students to give back to their country.
Other Florida universities in the Top 100 included Florida International (41), Florida State (70), University of South Florida (78), FAMU (89) and University of West Florida (92).
UCF was ranked 211.
But UCF did better in the "Best Bang for Buck" category, coming in 12th. FSU was 10th.
New College of Florida did well in the liberal arts college list, placing 8th, and Valencia College was 36th on the community college list.
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