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2011-08-09 07:10:00

SAN ANTONIO, Aug. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Best Colleges has published its first annual ranking of the 50 best colleges and universities in the United States. Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey tops the list. The full 2011-2012 ranking can be viewed at http://www.thebestcolleges.org/rankings/top-50. Attempting to provide a college ranking that exceeds all others in focusing on what really matters to prospective students and their parents, "The Best Colleges Top 50 Colleges...

2010-09-21 09:00:00

WASHINGTON, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. News Media Group, one of the nation's leading sources of service journalism and news, today released the third annual edition of the World's Best Universities rankings. The 2010 World's Best rankings, which include colleges and universities across the globe, are available online at www.usnews.com/worldsbest. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100603/PH13717LOGO ) (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100603/PH13717LOGO ) World's...

2010-08-24 08:15:00

NEW YORK, Aug. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Unigo, the web's largest resource for student-written college reviews, today revealed their first-ever college rankings, the Top 10 for '10. More than 30,000 current college students from across the country contributed to the rankings, which name the top ten schools in ten unique categories. The lists represent a wide variety of institutions, and offer a more nuanced (and irreverent) look at their individual attributes. The Top 10 for '10 include: "The...

2010-08-17 07:00:00

WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. News Media Group today released the 2011 edition of Best Colleges, which includes rankings of more than 1,400 schools nationwide. Harvard University is ranked No. 1 among Best National Universities, while Williams College tops the list of Best National Liberal Arts Colleges. The exclusive rankings, available online today at USNews.com, will also be published in the September issue of U.S. News & World Report, on newsstands starting August 31....

2009-09-02 10:00:00

WASHINGTON, Sept. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As an alternative to U.S. News & World Report's much-criticized college rankings, the Washington Monthly magazine today is releasing its own annual College Guide and Rankings. Whereas U.S. News relies on crude and easily manipulated measures of money and prestige, like alumni giving rates and a vague reputational survey, the Washington Monthly ranks schools based on their contributions to society. To compile the list, the Washington...

2009-08-20 07:00:00

WASHINGTON, Aug. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. News Media Group today released the 2010 edition of America's Best Colleges, which includes rankings of more than 1,400 schools nationwide. Harvard University and Princeton University tie the top of the list for Best National Universities, while Williams College is ranked top for Best Liberal Arts College. The exclusive rankings, available online today at www.usnews.com/colleges, will also be published in the September issue of the U.S.News &...

2008-09-21 15:00:23

If you have a child who has applied to college in recent years, or know anyone who has gone through that stressful process, you are aware that the competition for admission has increased dramatically. Stories abound of students with 4.2 GPAs and 2200 SAT scores being rejected by their first, second and third choice schools. Admissions decisions, especially at highly selective colleges, are unpredictable and often seem arbitrary. As competition has intensified, anxiety levels have shot up...

2008-08-26 03:00:48

By Brown, Kevin Let's stop telling graduate students that all jobs have the same publishing expectations. We toss around the phrase "publish or perish" without thought these days, especially in the humanities. Certainly, we tell our master's and doctoral students that, should they pursue an academic career, they will be expected to present papers at conferences, publish journal articles, and, to receive tenure, produce a monograph before their sixth year as a faculty member. Even many of us...


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