The Case for Independent Universities
Restore high ideals to Learning
Also making the case for the liberal arts is John Strassburger, president of Ursinus College, who wrote “Restore High Ideals to Learning,” an opinion piece that was published in the Philadelphia Inquirer. He emphasizes that “college students should study real estate less and our founding principles more” (January 16, 2009). Read the article here!
Education crisis helps private colleges
CIC President Richard Ekman was interviewed for a segment that ran on National Public Radio’s Marketplace program on Monday, February 8. In the story entitled “Education Crisis Helps Private Colleges” Ekman made the point that “private colleges and universities have enormous amounts of private financial aid money available so that it is much more affordable than many people assume. Yet the stereotypes persist that the private colleges are only for wealthy kids. It’s simply not true.”
5 Reasons to Attend a Liberal Arts College
Financial journalist Lynn O’Shaughnessy, author of The College Solution: A Guide for Everyone Looking for the Right School at the Right Price, wrote an article that appeared on CBS MoneyWatch.com (January 21, 2010) that makes a compelling case for small liberal arts colleges. In her piece, “5 Reasons to Attend a Liberal Arts College” O’Shaughnessy writes, “For all those Ivy worshipers out there, I’d suggest that you at least entertain the possibility that a liberal arts college could be as good as or superior to an Ivy.” Read the article here!
More Likely to Volunteer
Students at four-year independent institutions are not only more likely to volunteer than their peers attending four-year state colleges or universities (52 percent vs. 41 percent), but also more likely than all U.S. citizens over 16 years old (28 percent).
Source: Analysis by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, “Independent Colleges and Universities: A National Profile” (2004). U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, NPSAS: 1999 and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Survey, September 2002.
Graduation Rates by Family Income
Across all family income levels, six-year graduation rates at independent institutions are higher than at public institutions. For example, 54 percent of degree-seeking students from families with annual incomes under $25,000 attending independent colleges and universities graduate in six years or less, compared to 44 percent of similar students attending public institutions.
Source: Analysis by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities as reported in Twelve Facts That May Surprise You About Private Higher Education (2003). U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Descriptive Summary of 1995-96 Beginning Postsecondary Students: Six Years Later; Beginning Postsecondary Students - BPS:96/01 Data Analysis System.