PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER QUOTES ADMISSIONSCONSULTANTS' ASHLEY FLEMING ON
WASHINGTON MONTHLY COLLEGE GUIDE
Ashley Fleming, a college admissions
consultant with AdmissionsConsultants, Inc., was among
college presidents and Bryn Mawr College's dean of
admissions who spoke in an Aug. 13 Philadelphia Inquirer
article on the merits of a newer and increasingly more-used college ranking guide.
The guide, produced by Washington Monthly, takes a
different approach to college rankings than powerhouses
U.S. News & World Report and Newsweek. As noted in the
Inquirer, traditional rankings use student grades and
SAT scores, a school's resources, and alumni giving,
which strongly favor elite private institutions. The
Washington Monthly guide looked at schools'
contributions to research and public service, and the
access and success experienced by low-income students.
As noted in the article:
Ashley Fleming, a college admissions consultant, agreed,
saying students interested in public service would find
the Washington Monthly ranking valuable because it would
provide an assessment of schools that share their
Fleming, who works for AdmissionsConsultants, Inc. of
Vienna, Va., said that students and parents were relying
less on the U.S. News ranking than they had in the past.
"They are getting wise to the PR machine that is the
U.S. News ranking."
Patrick Kerkstra, who wrote the Inquirer article,
also interviewed Pennsylvania State University President
Graham Spanier, Widener University President James T.
Harris III, and Bryn Mawr Dean of Admissions Jennifer