January 23, 2017

If You Want A Liberal Arts Major, Go To A Liberal Arts College

Today I posted my First Impressions of Vassar College, among the best schools for students who are interested in a liberal arts college, and have the academic chops to get in. The most popular majors at most colleges, large or small, are likely to be in subjects in the liberal […]
December 6, 2016

The Business of Choosing Undergraduate Business Programs

This past spring Bloomberg Business Week announced that 2016 would be the last year that the magazine would produce a ranking of undergraduate business programs. This was not a bad idea. Seventy-five percent of the ranking was based on surveys from graduates and recruiters; the remainder was based on student […]
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 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

Free Public College Tuition Is Unrealistic and Unworkable

Former Secretary of State and current Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has proposed that in-state public college tuition (but not fees) be free for “working families” earning $125,000 or less by 2021, presumably the beginning of her second term in office. What would happen if public college tuition were truly […]
April 25, 2016

Quality Journalism and the Campus Newspaper

Last week the Rutgers-New Brunswick student community voted as a majority to continue to allow the charges for the campus newspaper, The Daily Targum, to be assessed on student term bills. It allows the Targum, the second-oldest college daily in the United States, to remain independent from the university. The news about this vote […]
April 4, 2016

Profile: Lycoming College (PA)

Last month I was invited to visit Lycoming College, a small (around 1,300 undergraduates) located in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. If you’re a baseball fan, you might know of Williamsport as the home of the Little League World Series. However, it is also a college town with two colleges. Lycoming shares the community with […]
March 31, 2016

Could the US Department of Education Be Abolished?

I listened to Senator and Presidential candidate Ted Cruz this week during the Wisconsin town halls on CNN. Senator Cruz has promised, if elected, to dismantle the Department of Education. His follow-up was to say that Common Core, which covers K-12 curricula in the 50 states should be abolished. He […]
February 9, 2016

What Should You Expect From Teacher Recommendation Letters?

When it comes to gathering teacher recommendation letters, I start with four words for high school juniors: ask for them now. Your favorite teachers need the time to write them, especially if they are also the favorite teachers for several of your classmates. There are two kinds of teacher recommendation letters: […]