The fact is that American colleges and universities, especially smaller ones known for personalized attention, good counseling, and strong alumni networks, are doing a miserable job at recruiting students that they would welcome and who would add tremendous value to the campus community.
Don't get me wrong; data is great. It is gratifying to have hard facts and boxes to check. But some commercial lists employ questionable methodology, and the plain truth is that whether a student will thrive at a particular school cannot be determined by an institution's national ranking.
Having gone through several music programs and with friends still attending music programs, I can tell you that these ranking systems absolutely fail to address what is important as a developing musician seeking to make a career as a performer.
Prepare for the skeptics -- a creative writing major is not for the faint of heart. If you're serious about your craft, you'll need a creative writing program that will whip your writing into shape. No school can guarantee you'll be the next great American author, but these 10 will get you pretty damn close.
The value of college is more and more frequently linked to career outcomes for students, and that is creating shockwaves in higher education. It's h...
Every year, it never fails that I have one, two or three students dying to major in film and television studies. Right away, I tell them that it is one of the most competitive college majors to get into in the U.S.
Those lists are what stick with readers, even though The Atlantic, Slate and The Economist cite flaws in the report's methodology and acknowledge the complexity of determining the true value of higher education.
As I told the mother interested in sending her daughter to a "safe school," families should look at the written and practiced policies at an institution.
We must work together to fix the problems of accountability, accessibility and affordability of higher education for all people living in the United States.
I'd encourage you to consider three factors especially predictive of a terrific college career. Maybe these ideas will help you find the right college fit.
Colleges and universities that prepare a diverse array of students for life, responsible citizenship and successful careers may, as a result, be ranked as "third tier" institutions.
Being put on the wait list is not unlike being told by your prom-date hopeful, "I think you're great, and if Sally tells me no, you're it!" To be wait listed is to be second string, the understudy, a B-list invite.
Given their mission, there is a rough road ahead for HBCUs in trying to reconcile low graduation rates, high loan default percentages, and low entry-level salaries for those who graduate against the rising definitions of value in higher education.
College officers understand that not everyone can visit colleges. Between plane fare, rental cars and hotel stays, it can get costly. Students can visit colleges in their area to get an idea of college life and what they would like.
At the Rochester Institute of Technology, where I serve as President, we survey all graduates 90 days after graduation to find out how many of them ha...
It is sadly ironic that growing acceptance of the notion that an education is and should be a private good arises, in large part, from the dramatic disinvestment in public higher education.