This course shows you how to make an intelligent choice about which college or university to attend. The course begins with information about what college is all about in terms of 1) learning what's most important and 2) the qualities that employers look for in college graduates regardless of major. After an analysis of why college is so expensive and what constitutes a good educational value, the remainder of the course demonstrates a step-by-step method for comparing schools that doesn't involve marketing hype. Using this method will make it more likely that you'll identify which college or university is the best value for you.
This lecture explains what the discount rate is and why it is important to know.
This quiz focuses on the content of Lectures 7-10.
This lecture details what to look for and ask about when visiting a campus.
This lecture demonstrates how to use the downloadable checklist to generate a numerical score that you can use to compare one college or university with another.
This lecture provides a review of the course with a set of concise lecture slides.
I am the first member of my family to go to college and have three degrees in political science -- a bachelor's and a master's from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and a PhD from the University of Hawai'i. I did my dissertation research in Vietnam -- for which I had to learn Vietnamese well enough to converse in the language without an interpreter -- and I've also traveled to Thailand, Cambodia, and Burma. My latest area of interest is the politics and history of the Middle East, and I've been traveled to Egypt four times since 2009. Much of what I teach involves the application of economic principles to everyday behavior.
I have fifteen years of full-time teaching experience at the university level and regularly publish literature in scholarly journals on teaching and learning.