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September 9, 2013

Measuring College Grad 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 the 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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January 16, 2012

The Shocking Truth About Graduation Rates

I met a teenage girl during the fall who was excited about applying to Hampshire College. She had visited the campus in Amherst, MA, had met professors and talked with students. She was smitten. She and her mother felt good that they had done their due diligence on the college, but then I asked them a question that drew a...
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October 24, 2011

Is the End Nearing for Affirmative Action at Universities?

Is affirmative action on its way out on college campuses? While higher-ed affirmative action policies have been debated for decades, they could now be in jeopardy. Why? Because it’s highly likely that a case filed by Abigail Fisher, a young white woman, who was rejected as an applicant at the University of Texas at Austin in 2008, ends up being...
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April 7, 2011

Should This Teenager Go to Penn?

I received an email this week from a dad, whose daughter is weighing three college choices. Here they are: University of Texas at Austin University of Texas at Dallas University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School The dad explained to me that his daughter had won a full-ride scholarship to both Texas schools. The Penn degree would not be free. After subtracting...
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February 15, 2009

Getting A Break on Out-of-State Tuition

No doubt most teenagers who attend state universities never look beyond their borders. If you’re a kid living in Los Angeles, the cost of going to UCLA or Berkeley is going to be cheaper than attending another flagship like the University of Texas or the University of Michigan. What keeps plenty of kids from wandering too far from home is...
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