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Top Honors Programs, Honors Components Only

So, what do we mean by “honors components only”? In our 2016 ratings review, we listed the honors programs and colleges that received an overall five “mortarboard” rating. One componentĀ of the rating model used in order to determine the leading … Continue reading

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Update No. 3: The 2016 Edition Is Coming Soon, with Important Changes

By John Willingham, Editor The 2016 edition will have a new name– Inside Honors: Ratings and Reviews of 60 Public University Honors Programs. It is in the final proofing stage now. The goal is to publish in late September. Each … Continue reading

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Update: 2016 Edition of Honors Ratings and Reviews

By John Willingham, Editor After three months of analyzing data, we are almost at the point of rating at least 50 honors programs, writing their profiles, and adding another 10 or so summary reviews (unrated). What I can say now … 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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Poets & Quants Composite MBA Rankings 2015 List 24 Public Programs in Top 50

The annual composite MBA rankings compiled by John A. Byrne at Poets & Quants combines rankings from the “five most influential rankings and weighs each of them by the soundness of their methodologies” in order to yield “a more credible … Continue reading

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We Vote for US News Global Rankings vs Times Higher Ed World Rankings

The annual Times Higher Education World University Rankings have had the strongest presence in the ranking “world” since 2004, but here’s one vote for the U.S. News Best Global Universities rankings being better even though they have been around only … Continue reading

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Estimated Class Sizes: More Than 90 National Universities

Parents and prospective students are often interested in the average size of course sections. Assessing class size is extremely difficult because, first, a “class” has to be defined. Why is that difficult? Some main sections (often in intro science, economics, … Continue reading

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Expert on International Higher Ed: “Un-Excellence” Initiatives Aimed at Public Universities Harm U.S. Standing in the World

Editor’s note: This post updated on October 1, 2016, after release of Times Higher Ed Rankings for 2016. It is likely that Philip G. Altbach, a research professor and the founding director of the Center for International Higher Education at … Continue reading

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Editor’s Note: The following post examines the claim by the New America Foundation that acceptance to elite colleges is not any more difficult than in the past, with 80% of highly qualified applicants still being accepted by elite schools. What … Continue reading

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U.S. News National University Rankings, 2008-2015

As promised, we are providing a table showing the U.S. News national university rankings from 2008 to the present. Listed below are the yearly rankings of 125 national universities that were included in the first tier in all the years … Continue reading

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