October 13, 2015

The Best Private Liberal Arts College May Be….

This week I am traveling to visit several schools in New England. On Saturday I was the guest of a family that has a son attending Centre College (KY). As thanks I am reposting this piece while I travel–Ed. Those who visit this site frequently read my comments about college rankings. If you’re […]
October 12, 2015

College Admissions Marketing Cannot Overcome a College’s Location

I have previously documented how the purchase process for a family shopping for a college is like the search to find the perfect house, and how the college admissions office functions much like the sales offices of the homebuilders who attempt to sell new homes, with only a few models […]
October 7, 2015

Beware The Costs of College Admissions

College admissions officers want you to fall in love with their school—and preferably apply early.  For some college-bound families, and hopeful admissions officers, this means Early Decision, a commitment to the one and only “school of your dreams.” But for most this means Early Action, a chance to get an […]
October 5, 2015

The ‘Best’ School in the U.S. News Best Colleges Guide

The good stuff in the U.S. News Best Colleges guide is not in the rankings. It’s early in the book, pages 16 through 25. The chapter is called Headed for Success. In this chapter you find out which schools appearing in the U.S. News Best Colleges guide have the best programs for: […]
October 5, 2015

U.S. News Best Colleges Guide Still Misses the Point About the ‘Best’ Colleges

The annual U.S. News Best Colleges guide, while universally scorned, is the still the driver of many a college search and many a college admissions marketing and “continuous Improvement” strategy in higher education. It’s easy to understand why. The people who assemble the U.S. News Best Colleges guide have no stake in where […]
September 30, 2015

Recruiting for the Public Honors College

Last week I paid a visit to the new Honors College building at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. It’s an impressive student-oriented public honors college facility, as you will from the pictures that I have added to my Pinterest page. I wouldn’t mind living there myself as a guest faculty member (there […]
September 21, 2015

Should There be an Independent College Rating Service?

Most recently I wrote about the Federal College Scorecard.  I stated that I did not believe that the Federal Government should get into the business of rating colleges or providing outdated or potentially misleading information. Politicians and their appointees should not be allowed to rate any public or private service, […]
September 21, 2015

The Emerging State College vs the Flagship State University

This past weekend I visited an open house for The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). A public college with approximately 6,400 undergraduates, TCNJ is the most selective public school in the Garden State. I have not documented this, but I have heard that New Jersey college-bound students prefer TCNJ to […]
September 18, 2015

A College Ranking Source Admits That College Rankings Are Misleading-While Publishing Misleading Rankings

USA Today has released its new college guide, using a new data collection partner. In prior years the publisher had worked with the Princeton Review to compile college rankings. That’s a huge mistake. Their data is poorly checked. This year they chose College Factual which does a much better job at […]