Posted on October 15, 2018
Getting adult learners to shore #4wbfm
Posted on October 10, 2018
“STEM, STEM, STEM”
Posted on October 4, 2018
“It would be nice if we could say, ‘Along with your scholarship, here’s an extra 10 hours a week.'”
Posted on October 3, 2018
Hard work DOES pay off #4wbfm
Our 2018-2019 Best Value designation was awarded to 56 colleges and universities…but we did not, and never will, “rank” them.
Posted on September 25, 2018
With all the media attention to misinformation provided to U.S. News, which resulted in phony and undeserved rankings, we think it might be refreshing to learn that at least one organization refuses to play the ranking game. In 2013 a group of former college presidents, CEOs, and provosts decided to create a recognition system that bucked the trend where everyone and their brother seems to be playing the ranking game. Now under the banner of WhatsBestforMe’s Best Value Schools, the refreshingly insightful analysis that was developed, results in a limited number of institutions that meet meaningful criteria like cost to attend, and importantly, students’ opinion of a particular school.
Former Andrew Jackson University CEO Joseph Schmoke says he always thought rankings were a fools’ game. Recent shenanigans by schools, like forging student grades in their reports to U.S. News, proved him right. “We created our Best Value Awards to provide real-world information to prospective college students of all ages,” Schmoke said. One criterium his group uses is the sum of student comments, which must be better than 65% positive for a school to be considered for an award. “You would be surprised how many colleges were disqualified because their students and alumni didn’t have the required percentage of positive comments. “We of course ignored the usual students’ complaints, like ‘Financial aid didn’t get me enough money,’ that we deemed sour grapes. But we read every comment we could gather,” Schmoke stated.
Examples of institutions that were designated Best Value after rigorous research include American College of Education, Trident University International and Wilmington College, three of the fifty-six awardees for 2018-2019. Details on these interesting institutions as well as the other Best Value Awardees can be found at www.bestvaluecolleges.org, a site that is free for prospective students and also free for the colleges we list.
Posted on September 20, 2018
Know yourself, know if online education is the best fit for you #4wbfm
Online opportunity: Alum talks about his life-changing decision to earn a master’s degree from NAU Online
Posted on September 17, 2018
Finding value in online education #4wbfm
Posted on September 5, 2018
“There is nothing more rewarding than coaching them through this journey and seeing the pride on their faces as I watch them cross that stage at graduation!”
Posted on August 31, 2018
“Big enough to matter, yet small enough to care”
Posted on August 15, 2018
“There are far worse places” to land, Cooper said. “And few better.”