March 30, 2016

The University of California System is Not a System at All

This week I have read a story that the University of California system has supposedly relaxed admissions standards for non-residents who wanted to attend its member schools. While you might not read such a story about university systems in states such as Delaware, Michigan, Vermont and Virginia that have historically […]
March 30, 2016

Accepted? Tips to Help You Shorten Your College List

Some of you may have smiles on your faces as letters and online notices of acceptances to college start coming. Remember the first time you made your college list? If you were wise when you made your college list, you might have considered: Academics–Does this school have what I want […]
March 29, 2016

The Good College President Revisited

Last year I wrote a post about The Good College President. Most recent travels have led me to write a new one. Last week I visited Lycoming College, a small (1,400 undergraduate) liberal arts college located in the heart of central Pennsylvania. Founded in 1812, Lycoming is one of the […]
March 24, 2016

Is a Three-Year College Degree Really Worth It?

One of the more interesting ideas in higher education that has been advanced by politicians is the three-year college degree. In fact, the governor of Ohio required each of the Buckeye State’s public universities to develop plans for three-year degree programs, even if it was unlikely that students would sign […]
March 23, 2016

How to Tell if a College Campus is Safe

Years before I started EducatedQuest I was an urban economic development professional in Newark, New Jersey working for a business-funded non-profit organization. I became, by chance, actively involved in college campus development issues (Newark has three colleges as well as a medical school and two law schools) and downtown security. […]
March 22, 2016

Take Personal Campus Tours of Your Short-List Schools

Every new school profile posted at Educated Quest is based, in part, on two campus tours. I goes on the same tour as parents and prospective students.  Then I take my own tour at my own pace. Parents and students should do the same, especially when they get down to […]
March 21, 2016

No Football, No Fraternities. Does That Make a Better College?

I had not given a thought to this until recently, but I’ve been a few schools that have neither a football team nor social fraternities with houses. Drew University, Ramapo College of New Jersey, Skidmore College, St. Mary’s College of Maryland and the University of Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC) have no […]
March 21, 2016

Second-Choice Admissions: Second-Choice Major or Second-Choice School?

  My journey has taken me to public universities of various sizes, some popularly known for a given academic program within their school. It has not been unusual, for instance, to hear that students chose Virginia Tech for their architecture or engineering school, the University of Maryland-College Park for journalism or politics, […]
February 23, 2016

Five Questions Prospective College Athletes Must Ask Prospective Colleges

I am currently finishing Indentured, a book co-authored by New York Times business columnist Joe Nocera and New York Times sportswriter Ben Strauss. This is probably the best book about the NCAA and how its member schools treat college athletes. It is worthwhile reading for the parents of any college-bound high school athlete who […]