Category Archives: Best Value and Finances

Business Insider’s Fifty Best Colleges According to Readers

For the fifth year, Business Insider has published its own rankings, called “The 50 Best Colleges in America .” The rankings are based on the responses of 1,500 Business Insider readers, most of them from the finance and tech sectors. … Continue reading

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At UVA You Can Be Both and Echols Scholar AND a Jefferson Scholar

In our book, A Review of Fifty Public University Honors Programs, the Echols Scholars program at the University of Virginia ranked number two in Overall Excellence and number six in the category of Honors Factors Only.  (Please see our Methodology … Continue reading

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Payscale.Com: Top Public Universities for Return on Investment

Although we have written frequently about the inherent value of a college education and the downside of looking at a degree only in terms of the financial rewards to recipients, there is no question that many, if not most, parents … Continue reading

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Best Major Universities for National Merit Scholarship Funding

About 3.5 million students take the PSAT during their junior year in high school, at the latest, and of these approximately 9,000 may be selected as winners of national merit scholarships.  Another 50,000 reach “commended” status, and about 15,000 are … Continue reading

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Kansas Honors Grads: Program is Great for Knowledge, Great for Careers

The results of the annual exit survey of honors program graduates at the University of Kansas reveals both the personal and career value of pursuing an honors education. Based on the responses of 49 honors graduates, the survey shows that … Continue reading

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South Carolina Honors College: More Prestigious Stamp Scholarships Are Available

By Megan Sexton, msexton@mailbox.sc.edu, 803-777-1421 Five additional students will be named Carolina Scholars — the University of South Carolina’s most prestigious in-state scholarship — with the help of a gift from the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation. The gift will allow … Continue reading

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Risk or Predictability: UT System Fixed Tuition Proposal Is No Guarantee

Despite the failure of fixed tuition plans in Georgia and Michigan, and the dubious results of similar efforts in Illinois, the University of Texas System Board of Regents is following the wishes of Gov. Rick Perry and ordering all UT … Continue reading

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Decline of the Residential College Experience: A Risk to ‘Emerging Adulthood’?

Amid rising college costs and sharply reduced state funding, many actual and would-be reformers view the dramatic expansion of online instruction as the best way to save money and improve access to higher education.  While online classes are a great … Continue reading

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Gates-Funded Reform Plan: More Low-Income Aid, Fewer Merit Grants, No Tax Credit

More than five years ago, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation decided to fund projects and research aimed at doubling by the year 2025 the number of low-income students who graduate from college or from some other post-secondary institution.  The … Continue reading

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Berkeley Chancellor to Lead National Effort on Behalf of Public Universities

Our thanks to Larry Gordon of the LA Times for the story reprinted below about a new national effort to preserve and strengthen the nation’s public universities, to be led by outgoing UC Chancellor Robert Birgeneau. By way of preface, … Continue reading

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