ERIC Number: ED456722
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Independent Colleges and Universities: A National Profile.
National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.; Foundation for Independent Higher Education.
This profile of independent colleges emphasizes how diverse, affordable, personal, involved, and flexible such institutions are, and how they contribute to the success of their students. The 1,600 independent colleges and universities in the United States enroll 2.9 million students, and their variety ensures that students have choices in the educational experiences that will best serve their needs and interests. Private colleges and universities are more affordable than many people realize. Eighty percent of students at private institutions received some form of financial aid in 1995-1996. Much of this aid comes from the institutions' own resources, but federal and state financial assistance funds are also available. Education at a private institution is a highly personal experience, and students at private colleges and universities enjoy a lower student-to-faculty ratio than those at state colleges and universities. Independent colleges and universities are involved in their communities in many ways, as employers, sources of volunteers, and leaders in research. Private institutions are both flexible and convenient, meeting the needs of virtually everyone pursuing a higher education. A major characteristic of Independent colleges and universities is that they are successful in helping students achieve their goals. Students attending private colleges are more likely to complete their degrees in 4 years than those at public institutions, and this advantage is apparent for all ethnic groups. Students from private colleges and universities are also more likely to pursue graduate and professional education. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Council of Independent Colleges, Washington, DC.; Citigroup Foundation, New York, NY.; UPS Foundation, Inc., Greenwich, CT.
Authoring Institution: National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.; Foundation for Independent Higher Education.
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