The Quad

The Quad

The number of academic years it takes students to earn a bachelor's degree from a four-year public institution, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center's "Signature Report – Time to Degree." The time between initial enrollment in a postsecondary institution and graduating with a degree continues to be a key indicator of success. As for other four-year institutions, it takes 5.2 academic years at private nonprofit institutions and 5.8 at private for-profits.

Close enough?
More than four in 10 private colleges and almost three in 10 public ones missed their goals for enrollment and tuition revenue in 2016, according to a recent report by The Chronicle. The survey, which polled 1,063 colleges in cooperation with the Council of Independent Colleges and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, pinpointed some of the areas that are lacking, including a dwindling number of high-school graduates and increasing demographic shifts.

Universities and Their Cities: Urban Higher Education in America
By Steven J. Diner

While the majority of American college students attend schools in cities, the concept was not always met with optimism. In Universities and Their Cities, Steven J. Diner, a professor at Rutgers University–Newark, explores the roots of American colleges’ traditional rural bias.

In his survey of America's higher education institutions from the early nineteenth century to the present, Diner probes into the various ways universities responded to the challenges offered by cities. Drawing on archives and publications of higher education organizations and foundations, he argues that city universities brought about today’s commitment to universal college access by reaching out to marginalized populations.

Ultimately, Diner's insights offer a long overdue look at the symbiotic impact of two American institutions–the city and the university.

To 'Like' or not to 'Like'...
What students' social media pages say about their enrollment chances

It always matters what you say. Just ask today's college admissions officers. According to Kaplan Test Prep's latest survey, 35 percent check an applicant's social media profile—Facebook, Twitter and Instagram—as part of the screening process. And while social has not made the admissions process an entirely new ballgame, it is changing the rules. Here's a look at how college admissions officers are checking an applicant's cred:

The number who say that what they found made a positive impact.

The number who say that what they found made a negative impact.

The number who say that what they find "often" impacts their decision.