How to rate colleges? It isn't just about the numbers

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In the summer between my junior and senior years at Yale lo these many years ago -- OK, 1970 -- I lingered around a sultry New Haven to edit the Yale Daily News' "The Insider's Guide to Colleges," an irreverent take on college life.

With attention to critical factors like the availability of good pizza, we tried to convey the feeling, the mood of being on campus. After all, college was comparatively cheap. Money wasn't a huge issue.

Today, President Barack Obama would rip up our script and replace it with an online spreadsheet. The administration is moving forward with a plan to rate colleges based on measures like tuition, graduation rates, debt and the earnings of graduates.

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