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a nationally recognized college expert.
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March 19, 2014

How Higher-Ed Lobbyists Are Keeping You in the Dark

Want to know why you can’t obtain the average salary figures for graduates of a particular school? You can direct much of the blame to powerful lobbyists for the nation’s private, nonprofit colleges and universities. That’s the conclusion of a damning new study, which was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, that the New America Foundation released this...
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March 14, 2014

Guess What College is Producing the Highest Earning Grads in Colorado

When searching for colleges, families should be able to know if the graduates at a particular school have been able to find jobs. And preferably good-paying jobs. As I’ve mentioned before on this college blog, it’s almost impossible to find meaningful numbers because the employment statistics that college reps eagerly recite, with few exceptions,  are almost always bogus. (See previous...
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January 21, 2014

Measuring Colleges By Grads’ Salaries

With out-of-control college costs a reality, it’s not surprising that parents and their children are especially interested in colleges that are springboards to good-paying jobs. Unfortunately, it’s hard to know what those schools are. Meaningless Grad Salary Data As I’ve mentioned before, the job statistics that colleges and universities share with prospective students are laughably misleading. Low percentages of graduates...
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December 26, 2013

Why Are Some College Career Service Offices Lame?

I will be launching a six-week, online course called Cutting the Cost of College beginning Feb. 12. Please scroll to the bottom of this post to learn more and email me at if you want further notifications! Lynn O’Shaughnessy Before spending an obscene amount of money on a bachelor’s degree, families want to know if their children’s job prospects...
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September 11, 2013

Check Out This College Scorecard

Today I wanted to share what you can find by visiting I discussed the important work that College Measures is doing in my last post: Measuring College Grads’ Salaries As I mentioned earlier, thanks to College Measures you can look at the actual first-year salaries that students are making at colleges and universities in these five states: Arkansas Colorado...
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