As you likely know by now, Alternatives to College is a start-up. We provide individuals with information about tens of thousands of college alternative programs nationwide, including descriptions and direct access to thousands of providers of certifications, apprenticeships, career and technical training, and other sources of non-traditional higher education. Our mission is direct: help close … Read more


Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, Missouri Boast Most Awardees in 2020 Edition of www.BestValueColleges.org


With it’s 9th Edition of America’s Best Value Colleges (www.BestValueColleges.org), University Research and Review has recognized 124 traditional colleges and universities that provide students a place where they fit in, top-notch academic programs,  costs that are reasonable, and they provide financial aid.

While geographically disbursed around America, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York and Missouri represent the states with the most schools offering students the best value. These four states are home to more than a quarter of all colleges and universities receiving the 2020 Awards. Both public and private colleges and universities are included in this year’s Awardee list.

Ten colleges and universities in Pennsylvania received 2020 Best Value School awards: Keystone College; Johnson College; Ursinus College; Marywood College; Cabrini University; Cairn University; Lincoln University; Mercyhurst University; Mount Aloysius College; and Thiel College.

In Ohio, eight schools were recognized: Ohio Northland University; Ashland University; Chatfield College; Heidelberg University; Kettering College; Mount Vernon Nazarene University; and Wilmington College.

Missouri was celebrated with seven Best Value Colleges: Southwest Baptist University; Culver-Stockton College; Cottey College; American Business & Technology University; Hannibal-LaGrange University; and the St. Louis College of Pharmacy.

The New York seven featured Manhattanville College; St. Thomas Aquinas College; Utica College; Cazenovia College; Daemen College; Roberts Wesleyan College; and Trocaire College.

“There is no reason that students who want a college degree cannot get one without mortgaging their future,” said L. Joseph Schmoke, chairman and CEO of University Research and Review and founder of the Best Value Colleges program. “We have identified schools that meet our rigorous criteria for quality, student engagement and satisfaction, actual out of pocket costs and the availability of financial aid.”

“There is no pecking order of schools on our list. All these schools belong to an elite “club” of high quality, affordable post-secondary institutions. Each Best Value School has been selected because it meets criteria important to postsecondary students of all ages,” he said.

There is no limit to how many schools can be part of the program; however, the selection process is rigorous, and the challenging criteria must be met annually.



Here’s a unique way to check out what political pundits really know: the recently released  Best Value Colleges (www.BestValueColleges.org) awards from University Research and Review is led by schools in so-called swing states in the upcoming Presidential election. Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan are three of the six states with the most schools that the group … Read more

FOX NEWS Mocks Student Loan Borrowers, Warns Taxpayers Will be Forced to Pay ‘Hundreds of Billions’ in College Debt

“Fox & Friends warned that the U.S. is close to “free college for all” Thursday in a segment ridiculing student loan borrowers and cautioning taxpayers they’ll be “on the hook” for young Americans’ desire to receive an education. Co-host Steve Doocy was joined by Brian Brenberg, executive vice president and chair at New York’s King’s College, as the pair mocked student loan borrowers and warned that Americans will soon be forced to pay off “hundreds of billions of dollars” in other people’s student loan defaults. The Thursday morning Fox News crew put out a segment, “Student Debt Threat,” which claimed the mainstream media is trying to create a recession to make President Donald Trump look bad while ignoring the real economic crisis: student loan borrowing.”

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Size and resources will determine colleges’ success in the next 10 years

“Colleges with more resources and brand recognition have had an easier time navigating the increasingly competitive post-recession environment for higher education than have smaller, less-resourced institutions, a new report from S&P Global explains. Although analysts expect the sector to remain stable, they write that the latter group of colleges will “face substantial pressures” in the coming decade.”

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12 Trends Killing College

“Does college still matter? The Department of Education makes the case that college is more valuable than ever: Degree holders earn $1 million more that workers without postsecondary education and the innovation economy is likely to require a more educated workforce. But averages and projections hide the rapid loss of faith in higher education as the escalator to the middle class.”

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Amazon plans to spend $700 million to retrain a third of its US workforce in new skills

“Amazon.com on Thursday unveiled plans to retrain a third of its U.S. workforce — or 100,000 workers — by 2025 to help its employees move into more advanced jobs or find new careers. The retail and tech giant intends to expand its existing training programs and introduce new ones. The training will be voluntary, and most of the programs are free.”

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Our 2018-2019 Best Value designation was awarded to 56 colleges and universities…but we did not, and never will, “rank” them.

With all the media attention to misinformation provided to U.S. News, which resulted in phony and undeserved rankings, we think it might be refreshing to learn that at least one organization refuses to play the ranking game.  In 2013 a group of former college presidents, CEOs, and provosts decided to create a recognition system that … Read more

Should startups care about profitability?

There are certain topics that even some of the smartest people I talk with who aren’t startup oriented can’t fully grok. One of them is whether profitability matters. It’s common cocktail party chatter to hear people confidently pronounce that some well known startup is sure to blow up. Or you know the other one — the one … Read more