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April 27, 2010

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GJELblogger

"The average student is more likely to receive that intensive experience at a small private college than at a massive state U."

I've always wondered about this. I attended a small, private college and had great results. I loved my experience there, but I've always wondered if that education was worth the huge price tag compared to if I had attended my state University.

"It's hard to make the case that every private school grad deserves a .30 GPA handicap in the admissions process.

I completely agree. Nice post!

TJ

Isn't the problem being described one of grade inflation generally and not a public vs. private distinction (except to the extent that private schools seem to somehow have more severe grade inflation)?

Vladimir

What are some examples of private schools that offer small, writing-intensive experiences? Are you talking small liberal arts schools, as opposed to large Ivy League schools, which I suspect use the same pack them in the lecture hall technique as public schools?

Dan Filler

My sense is that even at Ivy-sized privates - with 5000 students - most upper level students (in social science & the humanities, at least) get a serious exposure to small,writing intensive, primary source classes. But certainly schools like Knox, Amherst, Pomona, etc. are thick with these classes.

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