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The Public Ivies: America's Flagship Public Universities Paperback – July 24, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0060934590 ISBN-10: 006093459X Edition: 1st
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Howard R. Greene, M.A., M.Ed., is a former admissions officer and member of the faculty board of advisers at Princeton University. As the nation's foremost educational consultant, Howard has counseled more than 25,000 students over the past thirty years. A graduate of Dartmouth College, he holds master's degrees from Harvard and New York University. He is the founder of Howard Greene & Associates, an educational consulting firm with offices in Connecticut and New York. He lives in Wilton, Connecticut.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Collins Reference; 1 edition (August 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006093459X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060934590
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #481,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Gaetan Lion on December 25, 2003
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This book covers a huge amount of information on this subject, including: a) what kind of college student will thrive at a large state university, b) what is the role of parents in supporting their children's public college experience, c) how to reap the maximum benefits from a public college education. The authors analyze the major economic and demographic trends affecting public higher education. The book provides much qualitative and quantitative information on the best 30 state universities in the U.S.
The authors suggest that to succeed in a large public university, students should develop a reflective style of learning. This means learning by listening, reflecting, and reading. This is because given the larger class size, public schools typically do not facilitate class discussions or have questions and answer sessions. Also, students should be assertive so as to go after all the academic opportunities offered in large public schools. These include terrific honors programs, study abroad programs, and summer internships. Also, by being assertive, students can better develop valuable contacts with teachers, counselors, and mentors. Finally, reaping a superior college experience in large institutions will require much self-discipline and drive. This is because no one watches over you. No one is going to tell you what you should do unless it is illegal. No hand holding here unlike what a student could experience at a small private liberal arts college.
If a student abides by the advice mentioned within this book on how to succeed at a large state university, he can obtain a world-class education nearly comparable to the one offered by Ivy League schools at a fraction of the price.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 6, 2002
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The Public Ivies opens an exciting window of opportunity for parents and students who are concerned about how to gain a top education at an affordable price. As the authors indicate, today 80% of all students enroll in public universities and thus it is important to understand which are the best of the flagship institutions, and what skills and attitude it takes to succeed in them. Any family with a motivated student should make this book a must as they search for educational opportunities that will help them prepare for life. The book is well written, easy to read, adn full of intimate advice for both student and parent.
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Insightful and well written guide to obtaining a top-tier education in the United States at a competitive price. It outlines what makes these schools the premier higher education institutions in the country, making decisions about college a little easier. Goes beyond just the facts and figures, providing advice on how to succeed in this type of environment and what you and your parents can do to help maximize your experience at one of these schools.
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