My colleague, George Leef, doesn’t usually like college rankings. He has called Forbes’ ranking “unnecessary” and U.S. News’ “deeply flawed.”

So, when I read George’s critique of Brookings’ new college rankings, I was shocked to see that he thought the new system, which measures a university’s ability to increase students’ human capital, both “important” and “useful.”

Most notably, he says:

“Students and parents who are examining colleges invariably find bright, happy, upbeat literature and websites that make it sound as though enrolling at the school will almost guarantee success in life…The Brookings system appears to help them figure out which schools merely talk a good game about student gains and which ones really enable students to improve their knowledge and skills.”

Read his full analysis here.