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Articles from Vol. 43, No. 9-10, September-October

Administrators Ate My Tuition: Want to Get College Costs in Line? Start by Cutting the Overgrown Management Ranks
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] No statistic about higher education commands more attention--and anxiety--among members of the public than the rising price of admission. Since 1980, inflation-adjusted tuition at public universities has tripled; at private...
America's Best Master's Universities and Baccalaureate Colleges
In the 130 years since it was founded, Tuskegee University has earned a notable place in the annals of higher education. Booker T. Washington was its first president. George Washington Carver taught there for forty years. It was where the Tuskegee...
A Note on Methodology: 4-Year Colleges and Universities
There are two primary goals to our methodology. First, we considered no single category to be more important than any other. Second, the final rankings needed to reflect excellence across the full breadth of our measures, rather than reward an exceptionally...
How the Other Half Tests: Millions of Americans Are Denied the Chance to Take College-Level Courses by a Downscale Version of the SAT
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Like many other two-year college students, Monica Dekany has taken the long route to a degree. After graduating from high school in Glenelg, Maryland, in 1990, she enrolled in a local community college. Her grades were good...
Introducing: A Different Kind of College Ranking
A few months ago, the Obama administration completed a remarkably successful run of sticking it to large corporations that make a profit in higher education. First, as part of the omnibus legislation that produced the Affordable Care Act in 2010, Obama...
Is Our Students Earning? A New Way of Measuring How Different Colleges Pay off in the Long Run
The college class of 2011 just graduated into one of the worst job markets in recent history. Twenty-four percent of 2011 grads had a job offer in hand by graduation, compared with 51 percent of students graduating in the pre-recession year of 2007....
The College For-Profits Should Fear: By Offering Adults an Education That Is Faster, Cheaper, and Better Than the Likes of Kaplan, Phoenix, or Capella, the Nonprofit Western Governors University Just Might Eat Their Lunch
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] John Robinson was working nights as an emergency medical technician in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, when he decided to pull his son out of school. David was a second grader with a penchant for acting out, and Robinson, as the...
The College Republicans: How the Leading GOP Presidential Contenders Were Shaped by Their Undergraduate Years-For Better or Worse
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Michele (Amble) Bachmann B.A., English, 1978 Winona State University A born-again Christian by the age of sixteen, Bachmann spent the summer after high school in Israel. She enrolled at Winona the following fall,...
The College Try
Every year the Washington Monthly devotes an entire issue to assessing America's colleges and universities. We do this because we believe they are key to the country's greatness. They produce the research and human capital that fuel the economy. They...
The End of College Admissions as We Know It: Everything You've Heard about Getting in Is about to Go out the Window
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] On the morning of February 20, 2011, Jameel Reid woke up in the small apartment he shares with his mother on the far north end of Miami's Little Haiti neighborhood. He ate a cursory breakfast, laced up his sneakers, slung...
Tilting at Windmills
The hand he was dealt Liberals' anger at Obama during the default debate was based on the fact that they actually seemed to think he had the power to do what they wanted him to do. In fact, he did not. The only cards he held were the power of the...