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American Council of Trustees and Alumni

America's great public universities were founded with the highest expectations of academic excellence and service to their states. Overall, these institutions, often called the "flagship universities," do a poor job of ensuring that undergraduate students engage in an intellectually vibrant campus culture and leave with a solid foundation of common skills and knowledge. This report examines 52 top-rated institutions to separate reputation from results. Findings show that too many leading, publicly-funded institutions do not provide students with high academic quality at a reasonable price. Bloated administrative costs, shaky curricula, outsized athletic spending, and misplaced priorities have created a campus environment where too many students graduate ill-prepared, with record debt, and years later than they should--if they graduate at all. Not all schools have succumbed to the disturbing academic trends this report documents, making it clear that America's great public universities can do better. Recommendations include: (1) Understand Your Role in Strengthening Public Higher Education; and (2) Action Steps. The following are appended: (1) Criteria for Evaluating Core Courses; and (2) School Evaluation Notes for Core Courses. [This report was written with the assistance of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).]

Descriptors: Public Colleges, Universities, Reputation, Educational Quality, Student Costs, Cost Effectiveness, General Education, Tuition, Family Income, Graduation, Time to Degree, Freedom of Speech, Educational Finance, Expenditures, College Curriculum

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Autor: Poliakoff, Michael; Alacbay, Armand


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