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stated that I did not believe that the Federal Government should get into the business of rating colleges or providing outdated or potentially misleading information.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 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 […]
September 17, 2015

Rutgers and the Art of College Football Recruiting

This week I wanted to add a post about college football recruiting. I wanted to do it because my undergraduate alma mater, Rutgers University, has made the sports news pages for the wrong reasons. These incidents will be devastating for a college football program that had shown promise and gained […]
September 17, 2015

A New York Times College List That Makes Some Sense

Today I saw a different college list on the New York Times online. This college list, prepared by The Upshot, a regular column, ranks colleges for accessibility to students from low and middle-income families. The main determinant of the ranking on this college list, the College Access Index, is based on the […]
September 16, 2015

The Value of the Federal College Scorecard

This week I have had a chance to play with the newest tool offered by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) called the College Scorecard. The new College Scorecard has two useful features that I had not found on other sites. You can find out, courtesy of state unemployment insurance […]
September 16, 2015

Is the University of Oregon a ‘Good’ School?

I have not had the opportunity to visit the University of Oregon though I have seen its football team, in various uniforms, compete on national TV. This week the Chronicle of Higher Education featured a story on the University of Oregon that Educated Quest visitors might find useful in their own quests to […]
September 13, 2015

Should a Military Service Academy be called a ‘Public Ivy’?

I’ll be writing shortly about my “Public Ivy” schools for 2015-16.  Beginning three years ago, I named each of the military service academies a Public Ivy, along with several other public colleges and universities whose names that you will recognize, and some that you might not. Today I’m reposting a […]