Thursday, June 30, 2011
Cost v Price, in National Rankings
The US Government came out this week with a new database for families, businesses and communities who deal with (or are searching for) institutions of higher education. The website allows visitors to see a list of the most expensive institutions in six categories. For comparison, visitors may also elect to view the most expensive cost of operation across the country. Alternatively, you can also seek the least expensive in both categories.
The information is overwhelming at first, but it's fun to play with. I found my safety school ranked really high in the tuition list and I'm pleased I chose to go elsewhere. I recognize the most expensive schools as the places where people go to polish themselves off before getting into a pre-arranged job in the family business. You know, Bates, Middlebury, Trinity, etc.
Meanwhile, the biggest for-profit offenders seem to be the Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute, whose various state campuses occupy something like 10 of the top slots.
Go ahead, generate some reports. Isn't that fun?
Now: Who will this information benefit? Universities? Families hoping to send their kids to a good school within budget? For-profit online schools? Future parents footing the bill?