Rankings

Challenges of a new president

Strategic planning and the ratings frenzy

It would be very easy to be jaded about the future of higher education if it were not for the fact that those of who serve this industry view it as a calling. We know that we can make a difference in the lives of our students and in society. We try to do the very best for our students while addressing the issues of the day through our research and community outreach. Not a bad calling, in my view, and why with great pride I have spent my adult life in the academy serving four institutions over the past thirty years as a faculty member, administrator and now university president.

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Why search engine optimization should be a priority for your university website

When it comes to the numbers game of college admissions, it’s important to secure a spot near the top of the rankings. Improving your institution’s rank means an automatic increase in general visibility. It also often results in a better chance to convert more college-bound high school students into serious prospects and highly motivated applicants. But, are they the only way to do so?

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UC Irvine receives accolade for its open chemistry project

The University of California, Irvine has been awarded a Distance Education Innovation Award by The National University Technology Network for its development of OpenCourseWare content, specifically for its Open Chemistry project.

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College of Law earns international innovation award

The ReInvent Law Laboratory at Michigan State University’s College of Law was named a 2013 InnovAction Award winner in recognition of its work to promote innovation in the legal services industry.

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The top 10 U.S. community colleges

Community colleges serve nearly half of all U.S. undergraduate students and play a crucial role in both workforce development and as a springboard to a four-year education. But few are recognized for just how far they go to serve students.

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Is standardized testing for colleges a necessary evil?

Americans spend over $460 billion on higher educational pursuits every year, yet there is no official worldwide system in place to determine whether students are learning what they should, compared to other schools.

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Alabama's Lawson State named a top 5 community college

Lawson State Community College has been named one of the top community colleges in the nation in the 2013 Washington Monthly College Rankings. Lawson State ranked no. 5 in the publication's Best Community Colleges category.


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U.S. universities top world rankings

Harvard, Stanford, University of California at Berkeley and MIT take top four spots

U.S. universities took eight of the top 10 places in a ranking of 500 world universities by a China-based research center.

Harvard, Stanford, University of California at Berkeley and MIT took the top four spots, followed by Cambridge in England, on the annual Academic Ranking of World Universities by The Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

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Moody's cuts credit ratings at U of I, other state universities

Shortly after downgrading the state of Illinois' rating to A3 for its underfunded public pension system, Moody's Investors Service downgraded $1.56 billion of debt issued by the University of Illinois and lowered the ratings on six other state universities, citing concerns about the state's underfunded pensions.

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Do academic rankings create inequality?

A study led by a Michigan State University scholar questions whether higher education ranking systems are creating competition simply for the sake of competition at a time when universities are struggling financially.

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