We’ve Had This Conversation Before

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As a parent, I know the frustration of providing guidance, insight, information, or directions over and over, and over again. But I’m not your father and yet, I still feel the need to repeat myself.

 

Ask the right questions when you interview colleges, professional or trade schools or any other form of higher education. Let me say that one more time: IT IS UP TO YOU TO ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS.

 

Too many schools make this a one-sided process. They ask, you answer, they decide. What a quaint, outdated concept.

 

Here in the 21st Century, you have the tools and resources to know what you are getting into. Does what they offer in terms of areas of study meet your professional goals? How applicable are those programs in the real world? How are their graduates are doing two, three, ten years out — in terms of advancement AND earnings? And, are graduates current on their student loans?

 

Once more time for emphasis: ARE GRADUATES OF YOUR SCHOOL CURRENT ON THEIR STUDENT LOANS?

 

If you cannot get a definitive answer to all those questions, please, very politely, say ‘Thanks but I think it’s time to go.’ And move on.

 

Which is why we’ve built both www.WhatsBestforMe.com and www.BestValueColleges.org.

 

www.WhatsBestforyou.com gives you the power to register and tell schools what you want to study, if you will need financial aid and other benefits and if you have other benefits (GI Bill) or needs (faith-based programs).

 

www,BestValueColleges.org tells you all about the qualities of a relatively small but impressive group of colleges. The site details the VALUE (not values) of the education offered…value in terms of cost, education, graduation rate, student feedback and quality of life; all assessed by folks who have done this for decades. Schools that make the www.BestValueColleges.org list are NOT ranked, like some of the other sites you have heard of; rather they are acknowledged and awarded. You cannot purchase a Best Value College designation and the information about each school cannot be manipulated to impact their standing.

 

In both cases, the schools that are part of our platform will clearly and honestly answer these questions. It’s just one of the ways that we look out for you.

 

So, all together now, before the bell rings: IT IS UP TO YOU TO ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS and ARE GRADUATES OF YOUR SCHOOL CURRENT ON THEIR STUDENT LOANS.

 

I am happy to repeat myself any time any of you forget.

 

 

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An active investor and strategist in the business of higher education, Jay is also a visionary developer of real estate. His “Virtual Adjacency” concept predated the rise of smart devices and foretold the interconnectivity we all enjoy today.

Barry Layne is a pioneering digital management and marketing executive. He was founder and global head of Ketchum Communication’s worldwide digital media businesses; COO of ArtistDirect; Executive Vice President of National Lampoon; Senior Vice President of About, Inc.; and Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of FasTV.com.

After retiring as president of the University of Indianapolis in 2005, his second post as president of a college, Jerry was temporary president of Lambuth University. He continues to provide strategy consulting services to a number of colleges and universities. He wrote The 75 Biggest Myths about College Admissions (Sourcebooks, 2008) debunking many of the misconceptions students and their families hold about selecting and entering college.

Joe conceived the Company’s strategy and is the principal founder. Previously he was chairman and CEO of Andrew Jackson University (AJU), an accredited for-profit degree granting university. While at AJU he cofounded and spun off ProctorU, now the world’s premier online exam proctoring organization. A longtime entrepreneur, Joe started in the investment industry, acquired his first company in 1974, and followed that acquisition by founding multiple online-related companies. He is a published author (Dow Jones- Irwin) and has been designated Distinguished Lecturer by the Graduate School of Business, Florida Atlantic University.