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Plexuss does rankings

Not sure how long this thing has been around, but they need some serious help in defining what a good college experience is. Founder JP Novin claims “I have never been more excited about a company as I am today about Plexuss. We are in the business of changing student’s future. Nothing can be more exciting.” Except, they are actively misleading students with their poorly executed rankings:

Of course they leave out the “speial sauce” which seems like a rather key ingrediant. The rankings look familiar although it does give a boost to public universities, with 5 appearing in the top 20 (US News has 1 ), but totally punishes Liberal arts and science colleges. Williams in 219? Amherst comes in 223, but University of Massachusetts-Amherst comes in 62nd? Swarthmore comes in at 220. 

Clearly their formula is bunk. Obviously they choose measures that favor research output over the learning experience. Worse they cannot even set their toggles right to get the correct information. While QS, Shanghai and Reuters don’t even collect college data on Liberal arts colleges, US news does. They keep it seperate from the research universities for a reason. Take a look at Swarthmore, one of the serious power hitters in higher education and yet they managed to find 219 better colleges. 

While I like the idea of a super agregator, this one is not working. Obvioulsy, not only should they use the actual liberal arts measure, but the Washington Monthly ranking would probably be wise to include. While QS, Reuters and Shanghai could be included in the National Research universities, they need to be left off for the LACs. For what it is worth, here is the top 20. 

#1
Harvard University
Cambridge,MA
#2
#7
#2
#2
#5
#2
#3
#3
#7
#5
#1
#4
#1
#4
#7
#5
Yale University
New Haven,CT
#3
#6
#4
#6
#10
#21
#7
#7
#5
#24
#5
#9
#7
#12
#8
#10
#7
#23
#13

#11
#20
#37
#14
#12
#16
#31
#10
#13
#12
#67
#11
#14
#12
#19
#15
#15
#23
#44
#17
#16
#28
#45
#12
#17
Brown University
Providence,RI
#14
#13
#19
#18
#23
#59
#22
#19
#41
#70
#16
#20
#41
#68
#21

If you bill it, will they pay it? The UC’s growing trend is one of anti-out of state

When the California Legislature of the Terminator slashed funding, the universities had to find the money ffrom somewhere. Afterall a Billion dollars does not grow on trees. In 2000, the California Legislature covered about 3.8% of operating expenses, but by 2011 it had dropped to 2%. Undergraduate student fees have risen 90% from 2003 to 2007. A more detailed explanation is here, but some highlights: 

The solution is simple, but brutal. Increase student tuition and fees and cut cost by cutting Tenured track professors and limiting salary increases. 

Of course, College presidents unshackled their admission offices so they could recruit more out of state students who do a wonderful job of subsiding the costs for California Residents. 

Nonresident students pay about $23,000 more annually in tuition and fees than Californians, which would bring in $2.2 million from an additional 100 out-of-state and international freshman UC Berkeley expects to enroll in fall 2014.

The decision was “driven primarily by our commitments to maintain Berkeley’s academic excellence, access and robust financial aid programs,” Dirks wrote. “In order to sustain the excellence of our programs and the student experience, tuition from out-of-state and international students is crucial.”


Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/education/article2596255.html#storylink=cpy

 
To be fair, the UCs are not the only ones to think of this strategy:

So the only surprise has been how long it has taken for the polictians to attack this strategy, led by the govenor himself:

“It just feels that whatever used to belong to the normal people of California – assuming the Brown extended family is normal – it’s not available anymore,” Brown said during a Board of Regents meeting this week. “And so you got your foreign students and you got your 4.0 folks, but just the kind of ordinary, normal students, you know, that got good grades but weren’t at the top of the heap there – they’re getting frozen out.” (It might not be fair to deem the Brown family “normal.” Jerry Brown’s father, Pat, was governor the year Jerry enrolled at Berkeley. And after Jerry Brown graduated, he attended Yale Law School.) 

And now the state assemblymen and women want to cap out of state enrollment…and increase their tuition. It is a Field of Dreams of Higher Education. If you bill it, they will pay it. But will they? Certainly Berkeley and UCLA enjoy brand recognition right up there with Stanford, the Ivies etc. After all, UC would still be a “good bargain,” state Senate Education Budget Subcommittee Chairman Marty Block (D-San Diego) said at a news conference last month. “When students come from other states and from other countries to California, I think they are less concerned about the bargain than they are about the quality of education, and no place has higher quality of education than the University of California,” Block said. Frankly, I quest that asecrtion when almost a third of students do not graduate in four years: “UC’s four-year graduation rates for freshmen have risen significantly over the past 12 years — from 46 percent for the 1997 entering cohort to 63 percent for the 2009 cohort.” While satisfaction rates hover around 80%, “fewer seniors now state that they are very satisfied and more indicate they are somewhat satisfied.”

Who gets into Elite Colleges and Why

Christoph Guttenburg speaks from Duke’s perspective on who get’s in and why. A lengthy, but focused interview that will help any student or parent understand how the process works. Check out the video here

Quebec finally cuts the free lunch for Francophones

For three and half decades, the Frech speaking province has provided students from French speaking countries one of the most lucrative deals in higher education: They can attend a Quebec University for the same price as a Quebecois student does? Students from other Canadian provinces paid considerably more while international students paid 6 times more. The province has finally realised they are selling themselves short and have set to increase fees to Francophones to match the price of Canadians, noting correctly that is still a good deal:

“You never have to forget that French students under this new agreement will still only pay around $6,000, which is two to three times less than what other international students are paying at McGill,” Marcil said.

McGill along will see over a 4 million dollar rise in revenue. 

Imagine four years of eating meals like this…

..and the freshman 15 may be the least of your worries. 

Seriously, long gone are the days of Gruel and rubber chicken passing off for food in College Dining Hall. The Huffington Post has done possibly its biggest public service by providing the list of great college cafeterias

 

Early admit rate round up–updated

Results are starting to be posted. If you know some, let me know and I will update. 

Brown – ED – 20% – 617 out of 3016

Darmouth admits 483 from 1859–26%–a 10% increase

Columbia released but did not tell how many they took of their 3373 applications (2.3% increase)

Cornell releeased but no numbers

Duke admitted 815 out of 3180–26%

Georegetown: Of the 6,840 candidates who completed their Early Action applications by the November 1 deadline, approximately 13% were offered admission. 

Harvard – SCEA 16.5% – 977 (calculated) out of 5919–26% increase of applications

Johns Hopkins accepted 539 from 1865 applications–most ever–29%. And they mistakenly congratulated even more

MIT accepted 625 of its 6,519 early decision applicants for a 9.6% acceptance rate.

NorthwesternWith 1,011 students receiving early admission, from a pool of 2,793 –49% of the class. 

Princeton 767 students from a pool of 3,850 –20%

Stanford 743 from 7297 --their largest pool –10%

UPENN–admitted 1,316 early-decision applicants from 5,489 applicants 23.97%

Williams 244 of 593–up 7% from last year. 

Yale-admitted 753, or 16 percent, of its early applicants to the class of 2019 from a pool of 4,693. 

Still waiting to hear about:

Amherst ED1 Dec 15
Babson ED Dec 9
Bard EA by Dec 31
Barnard ED Dec 11
Bowdoin ED Dec 11 after 7 pm
Carnegie Mellon ED Dec 15
Claremont McKenna ED Dec 15
Colby ED Dec12 after 5 pm
Colorado College ED Dec15; EA Dec 18
Columbia ED Dec 11
Cornell ED Dec 11
Dartmouth ED Dec 12
Davidson Dec 15
Emory Dec 15
Georgia Tech EA Jan 10
Hamilton Dec 12
Haverford ED Dec 12
Johns Hopkins ED Dec 12
Middlebury ED Dec 6 @ 8am
NYU Dec 15
NC State First Deadline (apply by Oct 15) Dec 15
Pomona Dec 15
Princeton SCEA Dec 15
Purdue EA starts Dec 12 (rolling)
Rensselaer ED1 Dec13, ED2 Jan 17
Smith ED1 Dec 12 after 6pm
Tulane EA by Dec 15
UMaryland Priority by Jan 31
UMich EA Dec 24
UVA EA Jan 31
Vanderbilt Dec 15
Vassar ED I Dec 11 @ ~5pm
Villanova ED Dec 20
Virginia Tech ED Dec 15
Wash U (WUSTL) ED Dec 15

The Even Better list if you want to work at Apple

Business insider crunched the numbers from Linked-In profiles and decided that best university to attend if you want to work at Apple is San Jose State University. This makes perfect sense. It is only 10 miles from the main Apple Campus at Cupertino. The only university closer is Santa Clara, which is just under 9 miles away. But Santa Clara came in number 11 despite early articles indicating they were top 5. But Santa Clara is also considerably smaller than all of the top 10 except Stanford, which is about 20% larger. So what if we took into account not just how many people work at Apple from a particular university, but also the potential talent (in this case the actual size of the undergraduate population), we get a very different list:

 

Weighted Rank

College

1

 Stanford University

2

 Massachusetts Institute of Technology

3

 Santa Clara University

4

 Carnegie Mellon University

5

 San Jose State University

6

 University of California, Berkeley

7

 California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

8

 University of Southern California

9

 University of California, Santa Cruz

10

 The University of Texas at Austin

11

 San Francisco State University

12

 University of California, Los Angeles

13

 University of California, Davis

14

 University of California, San Diego

15

 University of California, Santa Barbara

16

 University of Michigan

17

 Georgia Institute of Technology

18

 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

19

 Arizona State University

20

 University of Phoenix

 

So if you want to work at Apple, and you are a good student, but not a super star, consider attending Santa Clara, San Jose State, Cal Poly or San Franscisco State. All enjoy a degree f proximity to Infinity Loop. All would take a good student student. 

Is the common app evil?

Richard Niesen pens an interesting piece on Quora building on the report realsed by Moody’s (the Bond Rating Company). The graph below speaks volumes:

He lays blame squarely at the feet of the common app as this tool has made it far easier to apply to college. He ignores the other dynamics at play like:

Brand consciousness (Much of the increase in applications is actually at the top tier of ranked colleges)

follow the money (Rich universities can afford to provide support that could make a private college cheaper than a public one)

Media frenzy on the admissions front 

Still, there is no mistaking the impact:

Yes, yield rate is down. But not everywhere. Early decision programs help with that. 

So while the common app has made it easier to apply to mre schools, the way socieity has evolved to value particular colleges has created a vortex of common sensibility. 

Linked in now ranking out

Linked-in is jumping into the rankings game (again):

  1. First, we identified the top companies where software developers are choosing to work.
  2. Next, we found people on LinkedIn who work as software developersand saw where they went to school.
  3. Finally, for each school, we found the percentage of these alumni who’ve landed software development jobs at these top companies, then compared the percentages to come up with the list.

So, if you care about outcomes the Linked-In Rankings may be just the thing you need. Given that Linked=In is the Go To Network for professionals, it is an interesting place to datamine

Huge samples and granular details make the new rankings interesting, Schneider said, whether or not they really take off as a consumer guide to college.

“They’re getting smart about how to tap into this big database,” he said of LinkedIn. “This is big data.”

Taking a closer look at one ranking, the accounting, we can guage how it compares to other well known rankings:

 

 

Linked-In

USNEWS

Business

week

Acct

report

Super ranking

Villanova University

1

 

 

 

 

University of Notre Dame

2

4

2

5

3

Boston College

3

 

 

 

 

Lehigh University

4

 

 

 

 

Emory University

5

 

 

 

 

University of Southern California

6

5

 

6

7

Fairfield University

7

 

 

 

 

Santa Clara University

8

 

 

 

 

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

9

2

5

2

2

Wake Forest University

10

 

9

 

8

Only two colleges appear on all lists: The fighting Irish and the mighty Illini. The Linked in one does raise eyebrows because so many of the schools do NOT appear on other lists.  

Super ranking: http://www.accounting-degree.org/best-accounting-schools/

#1. Brigham Young University, Marriott School of Management

#2. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign College of Business

#3. The University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business

#4. University of Texas at Austin, McCombs Schools of Business

#5. Indiana University, Kelley School of Business

#6. University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School

#7. University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business

#8. Wake Forest University School of Business

#9. University of Washington, Foster School of Business

#10. University of Georgia, Terry College of Business

#11. Texas A&M University, Mays Business School

#12. University of Virginia, McIntire School of Commerce

#13. Michigan State University, Broad College of Business

#14. New York University, Stern School of Business

#15. Bentley University
#16. Arizona State University, W.P. Carey School of Business

#17. University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business

#18. Penn State University, Smeal College of Business

#19. Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business

#20. University of Florida, Warrington College of Business Administration

#21. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Ross School of Business

#22. University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business

#23. Cornell University, Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
#24. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Kenan-Flagler School of Business

#25. Southern Methodist University, Cox School of Business

#26. University of Missouri, Trulaske College of Business

#27. Boston College, Carroll School of Management

#28. Miami University-Ohio, Farmer School of Business

#29. Northern Illinois University College of Business

#30. University of Tennessee College of Business Administration

 

 

 

Public accounting report ranking

http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/news/documents/PARSurvey2013-BaruchRankings.pdf

1 1 University of Texas

2 2 University of Illinois

3 3 Brigham Young University

4 9 University of Mississippi

5 5 Notre Dame University

6 4 University of Southern California

7 10 Texas A&M University

8 6 Indiana University

9 8 University of Florida

10 7 The Ohio State University

 

Bloomberg Businessweek

1.

Brigham Young (Marriott)

1.067

2.

Notre Dame (Mendoza)

1.076

3.

UC Berkeley (Haas)

1.081

4.

Cornell (Dyson)

1.089

5.

Illinois – Urbana-Champaign

1.116

6.

Tulsa (Collins)

1.118

7.

Richmond (Robins)

1.119

8.

Southern Methodist (Cox)

1.12

9.

Wake Forest

1.138

10.

Tulane (Freeman)

1.141

 

 

USNEWS

#1 University of Texas—?Austin

#2 University of Illinois—?Urbana-?Champaign

#3Brigham Young University—?Provo

#4 University of Notre Dame

#5 University of Pennsylvania

#5 University of Southern California

#7 University of Michigan—?Ann Arbor

#8 Indiana University Blommington

#9 New York University

#10 Ohio State University—?Columbus

 

 

New UCAS Tariff scores released—Will AP students find it harder to get in?

How does UCAS evaluate IB and AP vs A-Levels? They hae revamped the tarrif tables. 

The table below suggests that IB HL fares well against their A-Level counterparts (although it is statistically much more difficult to get a 7 on an IB HL subject than a A* on most A-level subjects). IB SL is clearly held with some disdain getting half the marks of the HL Counter parts (A 7 in SL gets 28 points whereas Hl gets 56). Since the bulk of IB Hl and SL courses share the same common core, this undervalues the SL). Aps are seen as equivalent as SL courses, but clearly worth much less than A-levels. A student earning a D in A-level History (scoring on the 13th percentile) for example earns exactly the same as a student earning a 4 on AP World History (93 percentile) or a 6 on SL History (94 percentile).*   In fairness, most students applying to the UK with IB apply with the IB diploma and most universities put the conditions on the HL subjects. AP on the other hand may well end up getting the short end of the straw.

An offer based on Three A-levels at grades A, B, B is 128 new tariff points. The same AP student would need to submit 5 APs just to be able to earn enough points (4 at scores of 5 and one more at 2 or above). Granted they can spread the APs out over two years. But what about a more elite admission standard of A*, A, A (152 New Tariff Points). You would need 6 APs, mostly at 5.

The Table provides a comparison of the tariff points earned by each qualification.

Tariff

IB HL

IB SL

TOK

AP

A Levels

56

7

 

 

 

A*

 

48

6

 

 

 

A

 

40

 

 

 

 

B

 

32

5

 

 

 

C

 

28

 

7

 

5

 

 

24

4

6

 

4

D

 

20

 

 

 

3

 

 

16

 

5

 

2

E

 

12

3

4

A

1

 

 

10

 

 

B

 

 

 

8

 

 

C

 

 

 

6

 

3

D

 

 

 

4

 

 

E

 

 

 

0

2

 

 

 

 

 

0

1

 

 

 

 

 

In fairness, UK Universities can ignore the Tarrif Tables. But will they?

 *percentilles based on score results for the 2013 examinations.