College Crowns and Frowns Stock Dumped by UCs; S.B. Higher Ed Ranked

Both UCSB and Westmont College improved their 2016 rankings over last year in the annual tally published by U.S. News & World Reports, and on Thursday, Fossil Free UCtrumpeted the news that the University of California had dumped from its portfolio nearly $200 million in tar sand and coal companies. …. Likewise, Westmont College proclaimed it had leaped three spots in U.S. News’ top 100 best liberal arts colleges, jumping to number 93 out of the 245 such colleges in the U.S. The top spots went to schools in New England — Williams, Amherst, and Swarthmore (1, 2, and 3, respectively) — with Californian Pomona tying for fourth with Bowdoin, Middlebury, and Wellesley. Westmont stated its ranking improved along with its better assessment scores, 2014 graduation rate (78 percent), and class sizes. more

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