Archive | Academic quality

What's the Matter With Harvard?

I had lunch this week with a professor of medicine at Stanford University. Mercifully, the conversation didn’t dwell on his specialty (urology), but the professor did feel the need to gripe about Stanford’s endowment, which has cratered. In an attempt to cheer him up, I mentioned that Stanford’s endowment problem looks like a mosquito bite […]

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Transferring to a Different College

When my daughter’s friends came home from their freshmen year in college, most of them were happy campers. A few of Caitlin’s friends, however, weren’t thrilled with their college choices. It shouldn’t be any surprise that universities don’t always click, but there are plenty of opportunities for college transfers. I  saw this happen with one […]

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When College Tuition is Too Cheap

College students and their parents hate to see tuition increases. So why are students at the University of Florida, Florida State, the University of Montana and elsewhere clamoring for tuition hikes? Here’s a clue: When universities are starved for cash, academic quality shrinks and students eventually notice. That’s what has been happening at state universities […]

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Getting Into College: Success Stories

Just thinking about what it takes to get into college today can be exhausting.  High school kids are supposed to take challenging classes, study for the dreaded SAT/ACT, round up teacher recommendation, complete applications, nag their parents to fill out financial aid forms ….it never seems to end. But today was a triumph for the […]

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