The Best Value School Award is not based on a ranking system. There is no pecking order of schools on a list. Rather, schools honored with the Best Value School Award belong to an elite “club” of high quality, affordable higher learning institutions. Each Best Value School has been selected because it meets criteria important to postsecondary students of all ages. While each individual’s criteria may vary, all have basic requirements which include: a place where they fit it; where they find appropriate, top-notch academic programs; and where the costs to attend are reasonable and financial aid is available.
There is no limit to how many schools can be part of the program; however, the selection process is challenging and the criteria must be met annually.
We don’t just look at statistics from the Department of Education. Ours is NOT a metrics-based list. Our experienced researchers gather data by scouring the internet and tapping publically accessible databases, but also through one-on-one interviews. We have access to benchmarking databases and resources which allow us to make fair decisions about such things as affordability. We talk with students, faculty and administrators to find answers to important questions about what makes a school great.