Tuesday, August 17, 2010
California schools among top rated public universities
It was nice to see California well represented in the annual ranking of top public universities by U.S. News. We certainly have our budget and funding issues in this state, but in spite of all that our public universities are simply first rate and remain a relative bargain. In fact, given this recession, one has to question the wisdom of anyone sending their son or daughter out of state when our public schools are so good. Topping the list of the best public schools were Cal Berkeley and UCLA, followed later in the list by UC San Diego (7th) and UC Davis and UC Santa Barbara tied at ninth. Tied for second with UCLA was the University of Virginia, then the University of Michigan, North Carolina-Chapel Hill, College of William and Mary and Georgia Tech.
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Don't forget my alma mater, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. It's under the "Regional Universities (West)" because it doesn't offer doctorates. The school has been ranked the #1 public university for the 18th year in the row!
how far down the list was Georgia Southern?
Unfortunately my alma mater, Ga. Southern, was once again edged out of this academic honors list but did appear on the list of schools "most likely where you'll find grits and barbeque."
No matter how highly Cal schools score, when the Cal State Universities cut 40,000 student slots in two years, ranking becomes moot. Especially if it's your kid who is one of the 40,000. And some midwestern state schools' out-of-state tuition compares with Cal State in-state tuition. So let's not question the wisdom of parents sending their kids out of state, Mr Beene.
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