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April 27, 2010


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"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!


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)?


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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