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Getting What You Pay For?

A Look at America's Top-Ranked Public Universities
April 22, 2014 Download PDF Press Release

ACTA today released a report that finds the country’s leading public institutions fail students and the American people in several key areas. Getting What You Pay For? examines 52 top-rated institutions to separate reputation from results. The report finds that too many leading, publicly-funded institutions don’t provide students with high academic quality at a reasonable price. Bloated administrative costs, shaky curricula, outsized athletic spending, and misplaced priorities have created a campus environment where too many students graduate ill-prepared, with record debt, and years later than they should—if they graduate at all.

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