By Nick Perry
Seattle Times staff reporter
Ask not what your college is doing for you, but what your college is doing for the country.
That's the premise of a college-rankings list devised by the political magazine Washington Monthly. Instead of considering a college's academic performance, the magazine attempts to evaluate factors such as community service, social mobility and research spending.
By the Washington, D.C.-based magazine's measure, the University of Washington is doing well: It ranked 14th on last year's inaugural list and 15th on the newly released 2006 list.
The magazine makes no secret it's taking a prod to the most widely recognized college rankings: 'America's Best Colleges' released annually by U.S. News & World Report since 1983."