Tuesday, June 24, 2014

National Trend #4: Out-of-State's Cash Cow

Many highly desirable public institutions are opening their doors wider to full paying out-of-state students.   

This is particularly true in the University of California system (UC Berkeley reported admitting 30% of their out-of-state pool;  up 24% from just three years ago).   

In addition, some highly coveted public universities like the University of Virginia plan to increase tuition by 5.9% for out-of-state students. 

See the following article.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

National Trend #3 - STEM Growth

Many highly selective schools reported major application spikes in science, technology, engineering and math programs.   

Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering, for example, reported a 20.2% increase in applications with 7,701.   

See the following article.

Princeton, for example, admitted 25.3 percent of their overall admission pool who indicated they want to study engineering, and a record 43 percent of those students were women.

This tells me that schools like Casady need to make a concerted effort to strengthen their upper end M and S curriculum, resources and faculty, as well as add "T" curriculum like an online AP Computer Science course.

There may also be some legitimacy to adding an Intro to Engineering course down the line as well...or develop some project-based curriculum that integrates in aspects of basic engineering.