Wednesday, September 27, 2017

No Gloating, Please

The Best Public Colleges in the U.S.

Wall Street Journal, Melissa Korn, 9-26-17

Despite limited state support and more crowded classrooms, nearly two dozen public schools cracked the top 100 in this year’s Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings.

These institutions proved they could offer a lower-cost option, often to a more diverse student body, and provide comparable outcomes to the private schools that dominate the top of the charts.

The University of California, Los Angeles was the highest-ranked state school, coming in at No. 25. It was followed by the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor at No. 27 and University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill at No. 33.

Twenty-one public universities made it into the top 100 of the WSJ/THE rankings, and eight reached the top 50.

The University of California system has four campuses among the top 10 public schools. Besides first-place UCLA, Berkeley comes in at fourth, followed by Davis, sixth, and San Diego, seventh.

Public universities get relatively little funding from state coffers these days—even many of the states that have put money into higher education in recent years are still spending significantly less than they did before the 2008 financial crisis...

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