College rankings, and the magazines that publish them are incredibly influential. So much so that some wonder if universities and higher-education experts consider the rankings a little bit too much.
But now a new list has come out, and several California colleges are on top, but not for the usual reason.
The new ranking list, put out by the Washington Monthly, rates colleges and universities for their ability to encourage social mobility, their commitment to advancing knowledge and encouragement of public service.
We'll find out more about the list and why two UC schools seem to come out on top.