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a nationally recognized college expert.
September 13, 2011
College Rankings: A Weird Beauty Contest
As many of you know, I’m not a fan of US News and World Report’s college rankings even though I write a college blog for the magazine. The methodology is flawed and the rankings sponsor does not try to measure what kind of education students receive at their schools. What I find even more troubling is the fact that college...
August 26, 2011
Using College Rankings to Find Great Schools
If you’re willing to cast a wider net to find colleges, where do you start? Here is one way: Look at alternative college rankings. While US News & World Report’s college rankings hog the press coverage, I much prefer the college rankings that Forbes releases every summer. The Center for College Affordability and Productivity, a nonprofit education think tank, developed...
August 25, 2011
Looking Beyond Dream Schools for College
This week, I’ve been focusing on colleges and universities that are pricey. Here the the posts if you’ve missed them: Is That Flagship Worth the Price? Attending Expensive East Coast Universities The majority of students limit their college choices to schools within two hours of driving distance, but those who want to look elsewhere tend to salivate over the same...
August 11, 2011
Measuring the Worth of a College
Some things about college are easy to measure. It’s easy to determine the win-loss record of the football or basketball teams. It’s easy to find out how many kids graduate in four years. (Nationally only about 35% pull this off.) It’s easy to determine if the campus is pretty or if the dorm food sucks. It’s awfully hard, however, to...
July 27, 2011
College Rankings: The Good and The Bad
Here is a true story: This spring a Denver teenager got into Dartmouth College, which was her dream school. The girl, however, is going to Princeton in the fall. Why? Her mom lobbied her to attend Princeton because it is No. 2 in US News & World Report’s rankings while Dartmouth is No. 9. This might be an extreme example...
June 6, 2011
Cutting the Cost of College by 49%
When you are looking at colleges, don’t believe the sticker price. Why? Because college are priced like airline tickets. Everybody pays a different fare. When I give talks to families with teenagers, that’s one of the first points that I emphasize. It’s your job then to find colleges and universities that are not only great academic fits, but also financial...
May 31, 2011
Global College Rankings: A Really Bad Idea
As many of you know, I’m not a fan of US News & World Report’s college rankings. I write a college blog for US News, but that has never stopped me from arguing that the magazine’s rankings has prompted many colleges and universities to act badly and sometimes even behave unethically in pursuit of higher college rankings. This institutional behavior...
April 24, 2011
No. 1 Reason Why College Rankings Are Lame
As many of you know, I’m not a fan of US News and World Report’s college rankings. I think the methodology is dreadful and the college rankings have encouraged colleges to behave very badly. After a mom emailed me to complain about the rankings, I decided to use this as an opportunity to share one of my biggest pet peeves...
February 25, 2011
A Reason Why College Costs are Out-of-Control
Here is one reason for runaway college costs: US News’ college rankings. Find out why....
January 17, 2011
25 Ways for Colleges To Cut Their Costs
American colleges and universities are continually getting slammed for costing too much, but there are precious few people suggesting concrete ways to shrink these costs. The Center for College Affordability and Productivity, however, has produced a white paper that lays out: 25 Ways to Reduce the Cost of College There are some excellent suggestions on the center’s list. What do...