June 1, 2012
Your College Isn’t as Great as You Think

Elite colleges just ain’t what they used to be. Or, more precisely, there are a lot more of them than there used to be, at least if you judge by Barron’s Profiles of American Colleges, the old war horse higher ed rankings. The American Enterprise Institute did the math and found that the number of schools in the guide’s “most competitive” tier has doubled since 1991, even though the total number of institutions in its rankings has actually fallen. The other relatively prestigious categories have also fattened up, while the number of “less” competitive and “non-competitive schools” has shrunk.
So, why are so many more schools suddenly special? 
Read more. [Image: Barron’s]

Your College Isn’t as Great as You Think

Elite colleges just ain’t what they used to be. Or, more precisely, there are a lot more of them than there used to be, at least if you judge by Barron’s Profiles of American Colleges, the old war horse higher ed rankings. The American Enterprise Institute did the math and found that the number of schools in the guide’s “most competitive” tier has doubled since 1991, even though the total number of institutions in its rankings has actually fallen. The other relatively prestigious categories have also fattened up, while the number of “less” competitive and “non-competitive schools” has shrunk.

So, why are so many more schools suddenly special? 

Read more. [Image: Barron’s]

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