In these current times of uncertainty about the financial value of a college degree, Joanna Schraeder has put together a helpful piece on the Open Education Database about Determinants of Good College Programs; feel if I’d read something similar prior to choosing my own undergraduate college it would’ve helped!
I certainly didn’t do anything like she recommends with:
By combining hard data like retention, graduation and job placement rates, accreditation status and financial aid with softer information such as the school’s commitment to non-traditional students, today’s students get a clear picture of what that college’s experience can be for them.
and that level of critical analysis about a big life decision is obviously wise!
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