Determining what makes a good chocolate chip cookie and what makes a good college education might have more in common than you think.
Analogies (and advice) abound for the Obama administration’s forthcoming college rating system. It will be a Consumer Reports for colleges. Or a Good Housekeeping seal of approval. Or a higher education version of the exhaustive Cook’s Illustrated reviews of skillets and blenders for every budget.
The Education Department says it doesn’t know what the ratings will look like, although they’re expected to be unveiled this spring. Those are just a few of the comparisons that have been offered, perhaps to distinguish the ratings from better-known college rankings, as the department undertakes its rating endeavor.