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. Best Value Schools have been selected because they meet the criteria important to students looking for universities, colleges or career schools.
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 database. Ours is NOT a metrics-based list. Our experienced researchers gather data by not only 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.