University Diaries, on the increasing interest in Loren Pope and Colleges that Change Lives, his guide to 40 of America’s great liberal arts colleges:
As more and more Americans realize how many excellent colleges there are—many of them in settings more inspiring than New Haven—the Ivies run the risk of becoming drab asylums for the status-obsessed.
Run the risk? I’d say they’re mostly post-shark already.
If you go to the Ivies, you’ll get taught by grad students and contingent faculty. This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone, but nonetheless it is to some. (New factor in the U.S. News ratings, anyone?)
Confidential to parents: drop the 40 large per annum on a liberal arts college education for your kids instead.