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Forbes uses online professor ratings to help determine top colleges


A small private Massachusetts college ranked first in a report from Forbes.com on the best U.S. colleges in 2010, beating Ivy League contenders such as Harvard and Yale—and the publication bases its rankings in part on ratings of professors online, Reuters reports. Williams College, with about 2,200 students, nudged past Princeton and Amherst, which came in second and third on the list compiled by Forbes. The United States Military Academy at West Point and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology rounded out the top five, while Harvard came in at No. 8 and Yale just slipped into the top 10. Forbes and the Center for College Affordability and Productivity in Washington, D.C., compiled the list, its third, after considering the cost of tuition, the salaries of graduates, and students’ experiences. They also looked at how many faculty and students go on to win Rhodes Scholarships or Nobel Prizes, and used data from web sites such as RateMyProfessors.com and MyPlan.com to gauge how satisfied students were with their educational experiences. “Colleges that don’t saddle students with a lot of debt and places with small class sizes rank higher,” said David Ewalt, deputy editor at Forbes. The highest ranked public university is the University of Virginia, which was No. 44…

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