Monthly Archives: December 2011

About the Numbers, Part 2: Curriculum Matters

In previous posts we have discussed the absence of a significant correlation between U.S. News rankings and the number of prestigious scholarships awarded to the public universities that make up the Fifty we are reviewing. While it is true that … Continue reading

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College or Program of the Week: Univ. of Pittsburgh

Students who want the combination of flexibility and rigorous study should consider the University Honors College at Pitt. Students receive an invitation with an SAT score of 1400 or higher, seeming to make Pitt Honors one of the more selective … Continue reading

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About the Numbers, Part 1

We have collected a lot of data, some of which has been through two or three rounds of number crunching. From time to time, we will have posts in our “About the Numbers” series that will inform our readers about … Continue reading

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Study Abroad Data, by University

There are at least three ways to analyze these data: raw numbers; raw numbers adjusted for number of bachelor’s degree recipients; and raw numbers adjusted for size of undergraduate enrollment. Tell us which measure you think is best. The list … Continue reading

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BA to Ph.D. Is this a Significant Metric for Honors?

The short answer is that we do not know yet. But while we’re crunching all sorts of numbers, we thought we would share some of the data that may–or may not–be considered in our upcoming review. We are, remember, college … Continue reading

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Awards for Faculty, other than National Academy Membership

In addition to selection for membership in a prestigious national academy, faculty members may receive important awards from a variety of organizations. The Fulbright, Guggenheim, MacArthur, NEH, Woodrow Wilson, and National Medals of Science and Technology are perhaps the best-known … Continue reading

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Universities with Highest Percentage of National Academy Members

One accepted measure of faculty excellence is the number of faculty who are members of prestigious national academies, such as the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineers. Many of the universities among the “Fifty” to be … Continue reading

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Georgia Tech Honors

The young Georgia Tech Honors Program saw its first class graduate in 2010, and it was a class marked by excellence. Out of 55 students in the first class, 98 percent graduated with a 3.0 GPA or greater. Twelve students … Continue reading

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Honors ‘Completers’ or Honors ‘Partials’?

Our thanks to Dr. Lynne Goodstein, who heads the honors program at the University of Connecticut, for educating us on the best way to analyze the graduation and retention rates of honors students. As John Cosgrove wrote in “The Impact … Continue reading

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USA Today Scholarships

Although they don’t carry the same level of financial reward that Udall and Goldwater Scholarships provide, the USA Today College Academic Team scholarships receive significant attention from a wide audience because of their association with the Gannett Corporation. The 2011 … Continue reading

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