Economic mobility conundrums: A Closer Look at the Opportunity Insights University Rankings
For years, it was common wisdom that the best colleges had highly selective admissions standards,
top research departments, and wealthy alumni networks. But there is growing interest in assessing
colleges on other qualities. Many observers believe that higher education institutions should be more
than places that generate knowledge and foster world-class research; they should also create economic
opportunities for low-income and disadvantaged students.