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Honors Testimonials: Virginia Commonwealth Honors College

Editor’s note: This is one in a series of testimonials from students and faculty at leading public university honors colleges and programs. The following testimonials are from the Virginia Commonwealth University Honors College: Rishabh Khatri–Each and everyday I feel confident … Continue reading

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Honors Testimonials–ASU Barrett Honors College

Editor’s note: This is one in a series of testimonials from students and faculty at leading public university honors colleges and programs. The following testimonials are from ASU, Barrett Honors College: Raquel Camarena–In the fall of 2013, I began my … 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: Class Sizes, Classes by Discipline, Sections Per Student

By John Willingham, Editor I thought it was time to raise my head from the ocean of data I am crunching for the 2016 edition of our Review. Since we have much more–and much better–data this time around, the book … Continue reading

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The New Yorker on the Real Value of a College Education

The title of New Yorker writer John Cassidy’s insightful article in the September 7 issue of the magazine is College Calculus–What Is the Real Value of a College Education? The use of the word “calculus” is more than a nod … Continue reading

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Honors News: August 14, 2015

FAFSA Will No Longer Share Your College Choice with Other Schools In what is welcome news to college applicants and their parents, the musical chairs game of prioritizing your list of school on the FAFSA form–and hoping that schools will … Continue reading

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Here Are the Public Universities That Award the Most Non-need-based Aid

A report by the New America Foundation, The Out of State Student Arms Race, is the subject of another post on this site, How Much Should Public Universities Spend on Merit Aid? Although we have some disagreements with the New … 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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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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Honors Education: More than Rubrics, Templates, and Outcomes

Editor’s note: The following essay is by Dr. Joan Digby, a professor at Long Island University and Director of the Honors program.  Although we look at basic “outcomes” in trying to evaluate public honors colleges and programs, we agree with … Continue reading

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