August 31, 2015

What Do Standardized Test Scores Have To Do With the Quality of a College?

Last week I wrote an opinion piece about college rankings that received a little more attention than others that I write on EducatedQuest. I simply don’t believe that published college rankings should hold much sway in a family’s decision to choose a college. Today, I’ll cover an area that falls […]
August 31, 2015

A Value-Based College Ranking That Made Sense–for Public Colleges

Consumer Guide publishes one of the earlier college rankings you will find. Their value-based college ranking came out in June. Other publications wait until August or September. I found a copy of the June issue of Consumer Guide at my local Barnes and Noble this past week, so I took […]
August 26, 2015

College Rankings Are What They Are: College Rankings

The fall semester or quarter is upon us at colleges across the country. So is college rankings season. College-bound students and their families want to know which colleges are hot and which might not be. No doubt the discussions about college rankings will push the servers at College Confidential, as […]
August 26, 2015

Questions to Ask About a Public University Honors Program

I recently purchase A Review of Fifty Public University Honors Programs edited by John Willingham, and written with the help of a PhD statistician. While each public university honors program is rated in this book, the programs are not ranked against each other. That would make little sense. Different public universities have different […]
August 21, 2015

Consider Public Universities that ‘Own’ a City and a College Town

If you’re shopping for a college, you are probably getting ideas as to which cities could be a “college town.” A college town could be a community dominated by a college that is the major catalyst for the local economy. State College, Pennsylvania, home of Penn State’s main campus, fits […]
August 21, 2015

Are the ‘Great Colleges to Work For’ also ‘Good Colleges’?

Each year the Chronicle of Higher Education conducts an annual survey of Great Colleges to Work For. The survey covers employee (higher education, academic and professional) satisfaction with colleges as places to work. It’s not much different than the employer surveys of large corporations that appear in business magazines. A […]
August 20, 2015

The Drawbacks of Starting at Community College

I have always been an active advocate for better public education at the K-12 and college level. But too often I hear the words “they can always go to community college” as a solution for the next level of education, as if the four-year college is an unrealistic or unattainable […]
August 10, 2015

Choosing a College Is-and Is Not-Like Shopping for a New Car

Last week I made an unexpected purchase. I bought a new car. My travels to schools had put a lot of wear and tear on the one that I traded in. I have been a car enthusiast most of my life, though I really hate the sales process as well […]
July 24, 2015

Five Things That College Admissions Officers Won’t Tell You

College admissions officers by and large are very nice, and very helpful people when they can be. The best are quite informed about their school. They know the academic programs as well as the faculty. They have to. The faculty want to see students who are capable of meeting their […]