ERIC Number: ED485292
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Independent Colleges and Universities: A National Profile
National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
Independent, or private, colleges and universities are diverse in their depth and variety -- in students, faculty, academic offerings, tuition levels. Surprising to many is just how affordable a quality private college education can be. It's an attainable dream for students from every social and economic segment of the nation. A private college education is a highly personal experience. It is marked by faculty who care about students as individuals, a wide array of counseling and guidance services, and a warm community of students, faculty, and staff who respect and support each other. Independent colleges and universities are involved in the world beyond the classroom and campus in countless ways--as major employers, sources of a ready pool of volunteers, and leaders in research to benefit all of society. The nation's 1,600 independent colleges and universities are flexible enough in their programs and convenient enough in their locations to meet the needs of virtually everyone pursuing higher education--whether coming directly out of high school, returning as an older degree student, or improving career skills part-time while continuing to work. Whatever the expectations and needs of individual students, the real measure of a college education is how successful those students become. That means more than salaries and status. This document contains brief stories, including facts and numbers, of those who a part of independent colleges and universities. [Additional support for research used in this publication was provided by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC).]
Descriptors: Institutional Characteristics, Private Colleges, Higher Education, Student Diversity, Student Financial Aid, Graduation, Profiles
National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, 1025 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036. Tel: 202-785-8866; Fax: 202-835-0003; Web site: http://www.naicu.edu.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Sponsor: UPS Foundation, Inc., Greenwich, CT.
Authoring Institution: National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.; Foundation for Independent Higher Education.