2015 Rankings

2015 Forbes/CCAP list of America’s Best Colleges Top 650 (pdf) This includes the complete list of all 650 schools, along with each institution’s Carnegie Classification, public or private control and 2015 score and rank. For full coverage and profile data on all 650 top schools, visit Forbes.com Top 25 Best Value Colleges (pdf) This includes the 25 colleges and universities which provide

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Recent from the blog Administrative Bloat: Remarks to the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Austin, Texas, January 7, 2015Dr. Vedder spoke to the Texas Public Policy Foundation on January 7, 2015. The following are his... Posted January 7, 2015 | administrative bloat, Richard Vedder More 0 Website UpdatesDear Readers, It has been some time since this

America’s Best Colleges 2014

Forbes and CCAP rankings of America’s Best Colleges was published today, with Williams College taking the top spot, and four other liberal arts schools in the top 10. Simultaneously 7 of 8 Ivy League Schools do worse this year than in 2013. The Rise of the Liberal Arts Forbes released the 2014 ranking of America’s

2014 Rankings

2014 Forbes/CCAP list of America’s Best Colleges 2014 Ranking of America’s Best Colleges (pdf) This includes the complete list of all 650 schools, along with each institution’s Carnegie Classification, public or private control and 2014 score and rank. For full coverage and profile data on all 650 top schools, visit Forbes.com Top 25 Best Value Colleges (pdf) This

How Not to Criticize College Rankings

When a college ranking is released or updated, backlash inevitably follows. Usually, colleges who performed poorly lead the charge, but it’s also a reaction against a root issue. Higher education is so diverse that it’s impossible to objectively compare schools. Which is great! Diversity gives students a wide swath to pursue their education. Universities can

Law Schools Fiddle while Rome Burns

Long seen as a path to success, law schools have taken a hit in enrollments and guarantees of success. As students notice the disconnect between the costs and benefits of more education, things continue to worsen for many law schools. Enter Thomas M. Cooley Law School, a low-ranked diploma mill (by most measures at least)

Federal College Ratings Will Harm Higher Education

On August 22, President Obama outlined his plan to make college more affordable for students and limit the financial strain that loans place on graduates. The new plan measures college performance and, he claims, provides the most financial aid to schools that offer students the best value. Publications such as The Chronicle of Higher Education

Five Constructive Ways to Change American Higher Education

Richard Vedder gave the following lecture at Dartmouth College as part of their Daniel Webster Project on October 14, 2014. My thanks to Dartmouth for inviting me to participate in the Daniel Webster Project. I particularly love to come to Hanover. I teach American economic history, and forever am telling students two things about the