Monthly Archives: June 2012

UMass Amherst: Public Excellence Amid Private Elites

The University of Massachusetts Amherst has the unenviable challenge of carving out its own place of prominence amid some of the most elite private universities in the entire world. There is growing evidence that the university, along with its Commonwealth … Continue reading

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Student Loan Legislation: Not All Good

On June 29, both houses of Congress passed a bill to extend federal transportation funding and to continue student loan interest rates at the current level of 3.4 percent, but most media reporting all but ignored the student loan story, … Continue reading

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Honors Challenge: Balancing Core Curricula with AP and IB Credits

Many honors professionals struggle to balance their primary goal of providing a strong, cohesive honors curriculum across all four years with the often liberal policies of their universities in granting credit for AP and IB courses that may replace essential … Continue reading

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Best Universities in the World Under 50 Years Old

UC Irvine, UC Santa Cruz, and the University of Illinois at Chicago are among the top universities in the world that have been in operation less than fifty years, according to the Times Higher Education rankings of the “top 100 … Continue reading

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Florida State Honors Program: Fast-Track to Advanced Degrees

Talented students in a hurry to obtain medical degrees or master’s degrees might want to consider the Florida State University Honors Program, which has special options available for honors students who qualify. The program also has a pre-law option that … Continue reading

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The Ideology Behind University Privatization

With tuition continuing to rise at public colleges and universities across the country in order to compensate for the decline in state funding, one group advocating reform seems more interested in fulfilling an ideological agenda than in actually working to … Continue reading

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World University Rankings 2011-2012: the Top Publics

Note: there is a new post for the current rankings at Times Higher Ed World University Rankings 2012-2013: The Top Publics on this site. According to the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings, UC Berkeley is 10th in the … Continue reading

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University of Washington Honors Program: Best Overall in the West

The University of Washington Honors Program is the best overall among those in the Pacific Coast states, according to our recent publication, A Review of Fifty Public University Honors Programs. UW Honors ranks 6th in the major category of Overall … Continue reading

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Penn State Schreyer Honors College: Best in the Northeast

The Schreyer Honors College at Penn State University is the best pubic university honors program in the northeastern United States, providing the strongest state school option for top students in a region that is loaded with elite private colleges. In … Continue reading

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State Cuts Hit Honors Programs and Affect U.S. News Rankings

State funding for higher education fell by almost $6 billion from 2011 to 2012, and the impact on public honors programs and the U.S. News rankings of state universities is significant. Although a lot of the drop-off in state support … Continue reading

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