College Planning & Management

DEC 2012

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Editor's Note T HE V IE W FROM HERE Making the Lists I have always loved to read "the best of" lists, including the Princeton Review's Annual College Rankings. Two of the colleges that made this year's list were Washington University in St. Louis (MO) for the best college dorms and Clemson University (SC) for the best town-gown relationships. The rankings are based on a survey of 122,000 students at 377 top colleges. The questions were simple ones: "How do you rate the comfort of your campus dorms?" "How well do students at your college get along with members of the local community?" While it was impressive to see these institutions at the top of the Princeton Review lists, it was more impressive when I dug a little deeper into other lists that they had made. Washington University in St. Louis has the students' vote when it comes to campus dorms, but did you know that they ranked fifth in the nation in the number of National Merit Scholars in this academic year's freshman class, and in the top 25 for medium-sized schools in the number of alumni currently serving in the Peace Corps? Financial Times ranked the Washington University–Fudan University Executive MBA program eighth in the world and number one in China. The Wall Street Journal ranked the Executive MBA program number two in the nation, and BusinessWeek ranked the Executive MBA program in the top 18. Clemson University and the city of Clemson are widely considered to be national models for building and maintaining positive and mutually beneficial town-gown relationships. In addition to being ranked by its students as the university with the best town-gown relationship, the University was also ranked as the 25th best national public university by U.S. News and World Report and 34th best value in public higher education by Kiplinger. Most impressive were the number seven rankings in terms of students' return on investment (SmartMoney) and U.S. News & World Report's Up-and-Comers category for institutions that have made the most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty, student life, campus, or facilities. Congratulations to all the colleges who made the lists, and thank you for providing a better education for our students! CPM EDITORIAL EXECUTIVE EDITOR/PUBLISHER Deborah P. Moore VP/EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Jerry Enderle EDITOR Shannon O'Connor ASSOCIATE EDITOR/EDITOR, TECHNOLOGY PLANNING & MANAGEMENT Christine Reedy EDUCATION INDUSTRY ANALYST Paul Abramson STAFF WRITERS Michael Fickes, Ellen Kollie, Amy Milshtein EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD DIRECTOR, NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC SAFETY RESEARCH AND TRAINING Shad U. Ahmed EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SCUP Jolene Knapp EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, AASHE Paul Rowland PAST PRESIDENT, FLAPPA Michael G. Steger EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ACUHO-I Sallie Traxler ART & PRODUCTION ART DIRECTOR Matt Cole PRODUCTION DESIGNER Brian Isham PRINT PRODUCTION MANAGER Kevin Jensen CORPORATE CEO/CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD, PETER LI EDUCATION GROUP Peter Li PRESIDENT/PUBLISHER, SCHOOL & COLLEGE DIVISION Deborah P. Moore COO/VP OPERATIONS Chris Orsborne ADVERTISING SALES SPECIAL ACCOUNTS MANAGER Michael E. Spring SALES OPERATIONS/E-MEDIA MANAGER Celia Ando ADVERTISING PRODUCTION MANAGER Rosemarie Brown SALES SUPPORT COORDINATOR Lynne Shaw ADVERTISING ACCOUNT MANAGERS AK AR AZ CA CO HI ID LA MS MT NM NV OR TX UT WA WY CANADA CT MA ME MI NH NY OH PA RI VT + NATIONAL TECHNOLOGY SALES Marcia Brumbeau 800/799-5080 312/939-4603 (fax) Patty Mutchler 866/812-0288 724/652-5324 (fax) AL DC DE FL GA MD NJ NC SC VA WV IA IL IN KS KY MN MO NE ND OK SD TN WI Benjamin Bartnikowski 866/895-8894 Chris Dewey 866/737-9414 847/256-3294 (fax) OFFICES 2621 dryden rd., ste. 300, dayton, oh 45439 800/523-4625, fax: 937/293-1310 3240 e. union hills dr. ste. 131, phoenix, az 85050 800/704-9358, fax: 602/867-2363 CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS PHOENIX OFFICE SUBSCRIPTION CORRESPONDENCE subscription-controlled circulation, free to qualified subscribers. to order, visit our website at, fill out the suscription form included in this issue, or call toll-free at 800/543-4383, ext. 1136 REPRINTS to order reprints or additional copies, contact Kevin Jensen at 937/293-1415, ext. 1114 or 20 AW AR D GU SH ED I 2011 T DISTIN 2011 EDITORIAL AWARD WINNER 0 3 F I N AL I S AC HIE V EME NT disclaimer: the opinions of authors and columnists are thier own and not necessarily those of college planning & management magazine or of the peter li education group. Executive Editor/Publisher 6 COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT / DECEMBER 2012 college planning & management® is a registered trademark of peter li, inc. WWW.PLANNING 4EDUCATION.COM

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