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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Drug and alcohol violations: Bates College and UCSC named in Chronicle’s top 20

On campus liquor and drug violations are more common at small liberal arts institutions. In its analysis of data gathered by the U.S. Department of Education, the Chronicle identified several high profile colleges and universities with higher than average drug and liquor violations. The report looks at the annual number of violations per 1000 students over three consecutive years: 2014-2016. The University of Colorado Boulder, Reed College, Bates College, and Wesleyan were just a few of the colleges on the list. The data analyzed by the Chronicle compares disciplinary actions and arrests that occurred in colleges with 500 students or more. Residential colleges revealed up to three times more incidents of violation than large universities.
Source: US Department of Education. Check The Chronicle Article out.
Editor’s Note: The data gathered does not take into consideration the uneven practice of law enforcement across colleges, cities and states. There is insufficient data to explain why California, for example, has a lower incidence of violations than New York. Also absent from the study is a comparative analysis of off campus law violations among college students and whether these violations show a higher incidence of arrest or referral.
The "Country Average" has been calculated by removing, on top of all schools with less than 500 students, all schools which for the 2014-2015-2016 period have declared less than 1/1000 incident per student per year, and those who have declared more than 300 (we've considered both as being cases out of the normal distribution).
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