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Will you be taught mostly by tenured and tenure-track professors?

A high percentage of tenured or tenure-track college faculty is often viewed as a measure of academic excellence. Job stability allows professors to focus on their research and teaching. Tenured and tenure-track professors are likely to spend decades, even their entire professional career, at a single college. In the enrollment year of 2016-2017, the U.S. Department of Education published estimated figures for 1,241 American colleges and universities. In its own summary of the findings, the Chronicle brought to light consistencies across public and private schools. The City of New York University system showed the highest number of tenured/tenure-track faculty, reporting just under 100%. Perhaps the greatest surprise comes from the California public universities (see chart below). Many private liberal arts colleges reported upward of 85% tenure/tenure track faculty. Some colleges stand out: Cooper Union shows 96.5% whereas Duke reported 44%. Most highly selective colleges reported between 65-80%, including Yale (74%) and Wesleyan, Skidmore, Wellesley, Brandeis. Vanderbilt and the University of Southern California reported just over 60%.
Percentage of tenured or tenure-track among colleges (sample)
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At the top small liberal arts colleges in the country, an average of 10 students will attend class with you.

Many students limit their college search to schools with a low ratio of students to each professor. The hope is that small class size is a strong indicator of a good education. When professors are not stretched to their responsibility for hundreds of students, they are better able to dedicate their time to individuals both inside and outside of the classroom. Not surprisingly, the top small liberal arts colleges in the country maintain the lowest ratios of students to each professor. According to a list provided earlier this year in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Vassar, Reed, Whitman, Carleton, Grinnell, Lawrence and Bowdoin, to name a few, all boast a ratio of between 9 and 11 students per professor. The Chronicle’s list includes 1,200 institutions and is based on an analysis of estimated figures provided by the U.S. Department of Education.

UCs spend over $1 billion in scientific research and development

The Chronicle of Higher Education recently reviewed data released by the National Science Foundation. The study shows that among the top 40 research universities in the country, the UCs are making big $1 billion dollar investments in scientific research and development. In 2016-2017, UCSD and UCLA each saw about a 4% increase in spending reaching over $1 billion. UC Berkeley ($771 million) and UC Davis ($738) slightly decreased their spending by about .5%. Looking at the student populations of each UC during the same year, 2016-2017, the breakdown of research dollars per student reveals UCSD as the forerunner.
2017 UC sample Average R&D Money Spent per student in Dollars ($).
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