Sunday, November 26, 2000

Tristate schools attract notice

College guide lauds Mount St. Joe, XU, UC

By Marie McCain
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Three Tristate schools are included in a new college guide recommending institutions that provide students with what it considers to be the best experience for the “real world.”

        Xavier University, the College of Mount St. Joseph and the University of Cincinnati are among nine schools that make up the Ohio contingent featured in The Best 201 Colleges For The Real World: Get In. Get Out. Get a Job by Michael P. Viollt.

        The book is in its first edition and contains data pertinent to the 2000-01 school year.

        It was compiled because of the changing nature of college education, according to Mr. Viollt, president of Chicago's Robert Morris College. That is, a technical college that offers students associate's and bachelor's degrees in business-related majors.

        “Historically, (college) has been about finding oneself, gaining confidence, and developing social skills. However, for the majority of today's students it is mostly about career preparation and advancement,” Mr. Viollt wrote in the book's introduction.

        The manual rates colleges and universities on several criteria, including the overall college experience, the chance a would-be student has of getting in and then graduating on time, and that student's chances of getting a job based on the skills his educational experience has provided.

        Mount St. Joseph and Xavier ranked above average in the career development potential they offer their stu dents. UC ranked slightly below average in this area.

        Mount St. Joseph's Ed Eckel, executive director of admissions, said inclusion in the manual brings much-appreciated notice.

        The lowest rating the college received was its below-average ranking for the chances a student has of being accepted, a rating that Mr. Eckel said isn't so bad.

        “You want to have some admissions selectivity,” he said.

        He added that the college has attracted a great deal of adult students who participate in the college's programs for nontraditional students, programs that offer improved job skills.

        The college guide praises Xavier's exclusive admissions policy. It also is lauded for its retention programs, particularly its Freshman Success Program, designed to help first-year students.

        UC spokesman Greg Hand said that inclusion in the manual is a benefit in itself.

        “It's really hard to measure the impact of college guides, but it can't hurt” an institution's image, he said.


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