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August 13, 2006

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 values.

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 Rickard.

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