July 27, 2016

America’s ‘Best Connected’ Research University Is…

College is partly about connections, especially for students who attend a larger research university. This is one of the reasons that the most selective research universities are so popular with the best and brightest college-bound high school students. But if someone were to choose a research university for the undergraduate educational […]
July 27, 2016

What Causes Summer Melt In College Admissions?

The middle to end of July is usually a great time for a college admissions officer to take a vacation. High schools are typically out of session. Too few students are on campus to make campus events as worthwhile as they might be during the school year. But too many […]
July 20, 2016

What Is Diversity Supposed To Mean For A College Campus?

Since starting Educated Quest, I have visited well over 100 colleges. Each time I discuss diversity with a college admissions officer or anyone associated with student success on a college campus, I get different opinions about what diversity is. None are wrong. The most obvious definitions of diversity are the […]
July 19, 2016

The Case For And Against The Economics Major

Having worked around career development centers in my “earlier life” I learned a great deal about what makes a college graduate more “marketable” to prospective employers. Quite often students are drawn to an Economics major or a business program depending on the school. However, aside from Accounting and Information Systems, […]
July 18, 2016

Money Magazine Does Thorough Job On College Rankings–But They Cannot Be Your ‘Be-All, End-All’ For College Choices

Last week Money Magazine released its value-based college rankings. These relied on 24 measures in three statistical categories. I am not a statistician. But I do have some understanding of how to read and interpret statistics. I also know that, for example, a car magazine would not rank brand new small […]
July 13, 2016

The Bad College Essay

Last week I listened to a Webinar conducted by Ethan Sawyer, who calls himself “The College Essay Guy.” Sawyer is quite a performer, but he is also a very good writer and marketer. His advice is sound as well as entertaining. However, while he went to great lengths to discuss how […]
July 13, 2016

Making State Universities Cheaper Will Not Necessarily Make Them Better

The North Carolina legislature has passed a measure calling for three of its state universities to charge in-state tuition of no more than $500 per semester at three campuses: Elizabeth City State University, the University of North Carolina-Pembroke and Western Carolina University beginning in 2018. Out-of-state tuition at these three […]
July 7, 2016

How Is a College Enrollment Management Office Like A Major League Baseball Team?

I thought it appropriate to write a fun post comparing the college enrollment management world to a major league baseball front office. I’m a huge baseball fan who actually reads “saber metrics” books for fun, even though I do not claim to have a superior mathematical or statistical mind. Nor have […]
July 7, 2016

The ‘Best Colleges’ in Forbes College Rankings Might Be…

I have not, and will probably never be, a fan of Forbes college rankings. I could have made their list with less time and money by matching up selectivity and endowment per student to come up with a set of “best colleges.” The exception that I might have had to consider […]