Category Archives: Stats and Surveys

A Methodology Change: We Will Have More Expansive Data for Prestigious Scholarships

All college ranking “systems” receive criticism based on the criteria they use, and our own efforts to evaluate honors colleges and programs have received a fair share of that criticism. One component of our rating system is a measure of … Continue reading

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Michigan, ASU, Rutgers, UT Austin Lead in 2013-2014 Fulbright Student Awards

The major research universities with the most Fulbright Student Award winners for 2013-2014 have been announced, and Michigan, Arizona State, Rutgers, and UT Austin are the leaders among public institutions. Over the last four years, Michigan, Arizona State, and Rutgers … Continue reading

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Now We’ll Be Tracking 75 Honors Programs–and Here They Are!

When we began covering major national public honors programs two years ago, we focused on 50 at flagship and land grant public institutions.  Now we will be tracking the programs at 75 “national” public universities, including almost all of the … Continue reading

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U.S. News 2014 Rankings: Lots of Changes for Public Universities

The U.S. News Best Colleges edition for 2014 is out, and the somewhat obscure changes in the magazine’s methodology this year have wrought many changes in the rankings of major public universities. The 2013 rankings were especially unkind to public … Continue reading

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U.S. Has 24 of Top 50 Engineering and Tech Universities in the World

According to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, the U.S. is home to 24 of the top 50 engineering and technology universities in the world. It is also notable that 13 of the 24 U.S. institutions are public universities.  … Continue reading

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The End of Affirmative Action in College Admissions: Bad for the Middle Class?

If the recent Supreme Court decision in Fisher v. The University of Texas at Austin ultimately leads to a prohibition on using race-conscious factors in college admissions, one counter-intuitive result could be that middle-class applicants of all races may find … Continue reading

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Honors Colleges vs. Honors Programs: NCHC Survey of Smaller Institutions

The leadership of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) has completed a survey of more than 400 honors colleges and programs, many of them at smaller institutions.  The average total enrollment at the colleges surveyed is 6,484.  The average size … Continue reading

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We’re Considering a New Edition–Nominate a Regional University!

Our current publication, A Review of Fifty Public University Honors Programs, is going to be updated, possibly as soon as the latter part of 2014 if all goes according to plan. That plan is for the second edition to include … Continue reading

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University Leaders in National Science Foundation Grants

With the national interest so focused on developing talent in the STEM disciplines and the “hard” social sciences (e.g., economics, behavioral sciences), we have been tracking the number of National Science Foundation Graduate Research Grants awarded to universities during the … Continue reading

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Times Higher Ed World University Rankings 2012: The Top U.S. Publics

Each year we especially enjoy writing about the Times Higher Education World University Rankings because unlike most U.S. ranking publications and the current trend of disparaging academic research at public institutions, the Times rankings embrace research as “the single most … Continue reading

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