To the Editor:
“Why College Rankings Are a Joke” (column, Sept. 18) is a cheap and unsubstantiated shot at an organization that has been driving transparency in higher education for the benefit of students and families for more than 30 years.
As Frank Bruni admits, “the copious information that U.S. News collects about the student bodies and academic tracks at hundreds of schools produces a mother lode of useful facts and figures that go far beyond the... Read more
For most parents, paying for college isn’t easy; but some schools offer enough institutional dollars to students to offset expensive sticker prices.
Many schools that report meeting the full financial need of students are private colleges and universities. For the 2015-2016 school year, only 66 colleges and universities out of 1,100 schools claimed to meet full financial need, according to data reported to U.S. News in an annual survey.
The amount given in financial need is usually... Read more
The high cost of college tuition makes it difficult to finance a college education and often leads to students graduating with high levels of debt. A proven way to manage the cost of education is to start by attending a lower-cost community college. The top community colleges in the U.S. combine quality academic programs with high graduation or transfer rates, quality job-placement services, and financial aid packages that allow students to graduate with low levels... Read more
While speaking with a 20-something the other day for the first time about what she wishes to do next with her career, I encouraged her to think carefully and analytically about what she liked and disliked about her previous jobs. I pressed her to consider not only the teams she worked with, bosses she reported to, and how she spent her days, but also whether she fit naturally into those roles, and why or why... Read more
American college students’ use of marijuana continues to increase, but the appeal of other drugs, including amphetamines and opioids, may be waning, a new study found.
The proportion of college students who reported past-year use of marijuana rose from 30 percent in 2006 to 38 percent in 2015, according to the study from the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research.
Daily or near-daily pot use (20 or more times in the previous 30 days) reached nearly... Read more
ITT Educational Services, one of the largest operators of for-profit technical schools, ended operations at all of its ITT Technical Institutes on Tuesday, citing government action to curtail the company’s access to millions of dollars in federal loans and grants, a critical source of revenue.
The move to shut down the chain of career schools after 50 years arrives two weeks after the Education Department said ITT would no longer be allowed to enroll new students who rely on... Read more