Tuesday, January 5, 2010
The February 2010 edition of Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine lists the Top 100 Best Values in Public Colleges and Universities for 2009-2010. The list is headed by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for overall value and by Binghamton University (SUNY) for out-of-state value. According to Kiplinger's, notwithstanding current economic conditions, the institutions in the Top 100 "continue to deliver strong academics at reasonable prices, in many cases by offering the same or more financial aid as in previous years." Kiplinger's notes that although the economy may indeed be recovering,
the effects of the recession continue to buffet the nation’s public colleges and universities. State governments, coping with shrunken tax revenues and an overwhelming demand for services, have cut funding for higher education. Universities that once relied on the income from fat endowments have yet to recoup multimillion-dollar losses to their portfolios. Families continue to apply for financial aid in record numbers. Meanwhile, enrollment at state institutions has spiked as more students go public and more people overall seek college degrees.
That the institutions on the list could continue to deliver strong academics at reasonable prices is indeed commendable. Congratulations to them all!