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ASU on Forbes "Best Of" List PDF Print
Written by Steve Frank   
Friday, 12 August 2011 06:25

On the ‘best of’ lists—again.  This time its Forbes magazine’s annual ranking of top colleges— Appalachian State University is listed as one of the best schools in the nation. Appalachian also is listed 25th in the magazine’s ranking of the “100 Best College Buys.”

The magazine lists the university’s tuition and fees for a full-time, in-state undergraduate student living on campus as $15,451. The publication lists 650 schools considered in the top 20 percent of all undergraduate institutions. The rankings focus on factors that are important to college students: quality of teaching, career prospects, graduation rates and low levels of debt, according to Forbes editor Michael Noor. Noor said the magazine “ignores ephemeral measures such as school ‘reputation’ and ill-conceived metrics that reward wasteful spending. We try and evaluate the college purchase as a consumer would: Is it worth spending as much as a quarter of a million dollars for this degree?” The rankings are based on five general categories: post graduate success (30 percent), which evaluates alumni pay and prominence, student satisfaction (27.5 percent), which includes professor evaluations and freshman-to- sophomore year retention rates, debt (17.5 percent), which penalizes schools for high student debt loads and default rates, four-year graduation rate (17.5 percent) and competitive awards (7.5 percent), Noor said. The rankings are prepared for Forbes by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP), a Washington, D.C., think tank.


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