#2 Princeton University
#3 U.S. Military Academy (West Point) (what?)
#4 Amherst College
#5 Stanford University
#6 Harvard University
#7 Haverford College (huh?)
#8 University of Chicago
#9 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
#10 U.S. Air Force Academy (indicated that the worth of education here was $415,000)
The list last year was about the same, but I noticed that Yale (mascot is a bulldog, left), at #10 in 2010, was #14 this year, and, what happened to Columbia University (mascot is a royal lion, right): #13 in 2010 and #42 in 2011. The U.S. Naval Academy was #17 and Duke University #22.
Stanford University once was known as the Indians, but that became unacceptable, so they then turned to the Cardinal, a color, not the bird. So, by default, on came the tree:
For the record, Webometrics, out of Madrid, Spain, has a Top 50 Global Universities ranking, with #1 MIT (mascot is a beaver), #2 Harvard and #3 Stanford. 40 out of 50 are American universities, with the best international schools being National Taiwan University (right) #12, Tokyo University #16 and University of Cambridge #19.
As this posting is all about education, let me end with a few jokes from Forex Mom:
1. Why teachers drink.
2. If you are a mother, you must, absolutely must, click on gonna be a bear when I die.
Dow Jones Industrials, after being down 123, ended up plus 21 at 11,560, with world markets being mixed. Gold jumped $40/toz to $1829, and oil is at $89/barrel (WTI) and $115/barrel (Brent).
Tropical Storm Katia will become a Category 3 hurricane by Friday and is following essentially the same path as Irene:
In the West Pacific, Tropical Storm Talas, to soon become a typhoon, is now heading for Kansai: