Drew University, a National Liberal Arts College based in my home state of New Jersey, is one that should become one of the Colleges That Change Lives. It is already listed in another college book, Colleges That Create Futures, published by the Princeton Review. But the Colleges That Change Lives have had a 20-year head start.
I have read each edition of the books that profile the Colleges That Change Lives. The author of the first two, Loren Pope, selected liberal arts colleges that were not at exceptionally selective in their admissions, yet offered most of the same academic opportunities as the more selective schools. Pope did not use numbers to select the schools. His research was mainly qualitative. Pope’s focus was on schools that did an excellent job of educating students who did not always enter college with the best high school education and turning them into successful college graduates with rewarding lives.
Like Pope, I sought to identify schools that should become part of the Colleges That Change Lives. But I used some numbers, and will apply them to Drew.
If the Colleges That Change Lives welcomed Drew over the next two years, I would not argue with the decision. The university fits into Loren Pope’s intentions. Drew also has some excellent academic and experiential (out-of-the-classroom) opportunities that are offered by no other liberal arts college.
But when other schools that are not currently Colleges That Change Lives are held to these four standards, there are at least two that are more qualified. They are:
It is not that Drew is “better” or “worse” than these two schools. It’s just that these two schools have a longer history of posting the numbers. St. Mary’s has the added benefit of being Maryland’s public honors college. Only two of the Colleges That Change Lives are public: New College of Florida and Evergreen State College (WA)
Hopefully, you will see these schools, and Drew, in the next edition of the Colleges That Change Lives. It should be out by 2020.
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