Category Archives: Best Value and Finances

How Much Should Public Universities Spend on Merit Aid?

Critics claim that public universities spend far too much on merit aid at a time when the focus should be on providing more need-based assistance, but the uses of merit aid are many, as are the reasons that drive the … Continue reading

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Accepted to All the Ivies and Stanford–Chooses Alabama Honors

Editor’s note: The following article is by Peter Jacobs of Business Insider. We are posting it here because it is a great illustration of the main advantage of many public honors colleges and programs–merit aid for highly talented students that they … Continue reading

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Here Are 23 Reasons for College Choice–and a Note on the Honors Option

Editor’s note: The following list comes from a post by college consultant Nancy Griesemer, who writes regular for the Washington Examiner. Read the full post, and consult the always fascinating UCLA Freshman Report for more information. Griesemer notes in her … Continue reading

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U.S. News Rankings at Odds with Quality of Academic Departments

Comparing the departmental rankings of leading public research universities to the overall rankings of the same schools by U.S. News yields striking disparities, emphasizing the impact that selectivity, class size, and financial resources have on the U.S. News listings, to … Continue reading

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Once Again, The New Republic Weighs in on the Ivies, and Here’s our Response

Once again, The New Republic  is featuring an article that discusses the pros and cons of an Ivy League education.  This time, the article comes in the form of a review of New York Times columnist Frank Bruni’s new book, … Continue reading

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Here’s The Business Journals’ New Top 100 Public Colleges–and our Analysis

Here’s another college ranking–The Business Journals Public College Rankings 2015.  The rankings are interesting for a number of reasons, but they are also on the quirky side, given that 45% of the weight comes from campus and area demographic data, … Continue reading

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Alternative U.S. News Rankings: Lots of Surprises

Editor’s note: the list was expanded on February 9, 2015 to include the top 100 national universities and corrected on February 11, 2015 to reflect the actual retention rate at the University of Chicago. Here are our alternative U.S. News … Continue reading

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Gallup and Purdue Study: Well-being for Grads Requires More than Income

What is most important about the “college experience”?  Good grades, of course.  But a recent report finds that the most important elements can be more difficult to measure. Most parents and prospective students place an understandable emphasis on the employment … Continue reading

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The Academic Reputation Ranking in U.S. News: What It Means for Honors Students

In a previous post, Based on Academic Reputation Alone, Publics Would Be Higher in U.S. News Rankings, we write that many public universities have a reputation in the academic community that is much higher than their overall ranking by U.S. … Continue reading

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Kiplinger Best Value Colleges 2015: The Honor$ Angle

In the past, we have listed the Kiplinger Best Value universities without much additional comment.  The Kiplinger methodology emphasizes a “quality” side in relation to the “cost” side of a university.  The quality side includes selectivity, retention, and four-year grad … Continue reading

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