College Planning & Management

JAN 2013

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its fourth-annual college ranking. The ranking is based on statistical analysis and comparison of student/faculty ratio, student retention, test scores, and other critical factors. The website also provides Top 500 ranking lists on data points including faculty salaries; SAT scores; student debt; top schools by state; best-ranked public state universities; best private colleges and universities; top-ranked community colleges; top vocational, technical, and career colleges; and many other criteria. A key distinction between and other college ranking organizations is that the StateUniversity. com system is based purely on a mathematical comparison of key statistics. Many other popular college ranking lists utilize peer review feedback, wherein colleges rate other colleges. The college rankings, first released in 2009, were designed to compare raw statistical data, without peer ratings or subjective adjustment such as the school's prestige/ brand influencing the list. The list is available on StateUniversity. com's website at rank/score_rank.html. UVM Celebrates the End of Bottled Water Sales Beginning this month, the University of Vermont (UVM) will no longer sell bottled water on its campus — in vending machines, retail outlets, or dining halls. To remind students of this coming bottled-water-free future and to celebrate the accomplishment, the University held a Bottled Water Retirement Party in early December. The campus-wide effort to end bottled water sales at UVM began four years ago, spearheaded by the Vermont Students Toward Environmental Protection (VSTEP), a student-run, nonprofit organization created in 1988 to expand UVM's recycling program and address environmental issues on Vermont campuses. To promote the use of refi llable water bottles, UVM is converting 75 drinking fountains on campus to fi lling stations, at a cost of about $30,000. Sixty-nine drinking fountains have currently been converted; the remainder will be completed before the start of the second semester in midJanuary. UVM chose to retrofit existing water fountains, rather than purchase all new equipment, as some other campuses have done, because the cost was lower. UVM is the first public university in the country to end sales of bottled water. CPM JANUARY 2013 / COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT 7

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