Category Archives: Opinion

“Reformers” Cite Productivity as the Reason for Higher Ed Cuts: Here’s What They Don’t Understand

After a years-long, bruising battle in Texas between the University of Texas and Texas A&M systems on one side and then-Gov. Rick Perry on the other, the two flagships have emerged more or less intact and relatively free of political … Continue reading

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How Alive Are the Liberal Arts in Honors Programs?

The short answer: very alive. After an extended period during which more and more students have felt the need–regardless of personal interest and aptitude–to major in business, engineering, or computer-related fields, the liberal arts, especially the humanities, have faced declining … Continue reading

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Average U.S. News Rankings for 126 Universities: 2010-2017

Listed below are the yearly rankings and overall average rankings of 126 national universities that were included in the first tier of the U.S. News Best Colleges from 2010 through 2017. There are 63 public and 63 private universities. As a … Continue reading

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Update No. 2: It’s Complicated–the 2016 Edition of Honors Ratings and Reviews

By John Willingham, Editor Honors colleges and programs are complex. If you think about it, how could they not be? Take a (generally) large public research university with many thousands of students, sprawling campuses, hundreds of professors, and the huge … Continue reading

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Inside Honors: What 9,000 Class Sections Can Tell You

By John Willingham Editor, Public University Honors When parents and prospective students (not to mention college junkies) want to “know” about a college, what they want most is to get a sense of what it’s “really like,” the inside story … Continue reading

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Florida, Maryland, and Washington Will Soon Use Only the New Coalition App

Three prominent public universities–Florida, Maryland, and Washington–will begin using the application process developed by the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success (CAAS), a recently formed consortium of more than 90 leading public and private colleges and universities. Our guess is … Continue reading

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University of Texas Chancellor Opposes Top 10 Percent Admission Rule

As a former Navy Seal and admiral in command of all U.S. Special Operations forces, UT System Chancellor Bill McRaven spent three decades serving and leading the most elite military forces in the world. He has made it clear that … Continue reading

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Do Elite Colleges Really Offer Better Courses? Probably Yes, in Some Ways

Is it actually worth it, in terms of quality classroom learning, to land a place at an elite college or university? This is a question that many families with highly-talented students ask themselves. If their answer is yes, the result … Continue reading

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Alternative U.S. News Rankings 2016

This year’s alternative U.S. News Rankings have a somewhat different take on the rankings. As in the past, we have eliminated all of the “input” measures from the U.S. News Rankings, focusing instead on grad rates, retention rates, class size, … Continue reading

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New Coalition for Access and Affordability: A Revolution in Admissions?

The Coalition for Access and Affordability is a new group of 80-plus colleges and universities, all with six-year grad rates of 70 percent and higher, and all apparently committed to transforming the admissions process at high-profile institutions. Among the members … Continue reading

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