Rating college alternatives

Online Education Database (OEDb) has published its first ever Online College Rankings. Degree-granting undergraduate online colleges are rated on acceptance rate, financial aid, graduation rate, peer Web citations, retention rate, scholarly citations, student-faculty ratio and years accredited. Grand Canyon University tops the list with Florida Metropolitan as number two.

Speaking of college alternatives, Alexander Russo of This Week in Education defends University of Phoenix against an attack by Stephen Burd of the New America Foundation.

Come on, Stephen, you’re at New America now. Blaming Wall Street and slamming for-profits without acknowledging the massive problems facing higher ed in general (tuition costs, lending practices, lack of accountability to name a few) seems like something that’d come out of some other, less interesting think tank.

Phoenix has a low graduation rate but very few traditional, full-time students, as Russo has pointed out here and here.

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  1. wayne martin says:

    Might be interesting to make comparisons of the costs and graduation rates of Community Colleges and the on-line Universities–at least for the first two years.

  2. Richard Aubrey says:

    My son’s mother-in-law, a high school teacher, observed that the Maytag guy got $85 for knocking on the door.

    The rotorooter guy got $325 for an hour’s work at our home one evening. If he gets one call like that and two less involved calls, and keeps half the money, He might gross $300 per day. I have no idea how many calls these guys have, but when we need them, they are not always immediately available.

    I spent between 11:30 and midnight Christmas Eve walking up and down our block with the Consumers guy looking for a gas leak. I sympathized with his working on this evening and he allowed that he was getting triple time and would be through when we discovered the source.

    They can’t outsource bricklaying. Speaking of which, do you know what a mason gets?