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UC San Diego, SDSU Among Those Offering Best Bang For The Buck

An education at a public California college is one of the nation's best values. That's according to Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine, which released its 2014 list of the top 100 public U.S. colleges and universities that offer more academic bang for your buck.

California Schools Ranked 'Best Value'

University of California, Los Angeles: No. 5 in 2014; No. 6 in 2013

University of California, Berkeley: No. 9 in 2014; No. 8 in 2013

University of California, San Diego: No. 14 in 2014; No. 10 in 2013

University of California, Santa Barbara: No. 18 in 2014; No. 14 in 2013

University of California, Irvine: No. 23 in 2014; No. 16 in 2013

University of California, Davis: No. 36 in 2014; No. 23 in 2013

Cal. Polytechnic State Univ., San Luis Obispo: No. 43 in 2014; No. 40 in 2013

San Diego State University: No. 76 in 2014; No. 77 in 2013

California State University, Long Beach: No. 92 in 2014; No. 82 in 2013

California State Polytechnic Univ., Pomona: No. 96 in 2014; No. 89 in 2013

University of California, Riverside: No. 99 in 2014; No. 92 in 2013

Source: Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine

A dozen California universities were on the list, including five in the top 25. Among the California schools, University of California Los Angeles ranked highest at No. 5. UC San Diego came in at No. 14 and San Diego State University ranked at No. 76. Last year, the schools ranked 10th and 77th, respectively.

San Diego State and UCLA are the only California schools on the list that didn't fall in rank.

This year's top spot went to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, followed by the University of Virginia and the University of Florida.

To create its list, Kiplinger's evaluates schools based on a "combination of academic quality and affordability."

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thompsonrichard | December 12, 2013 at 9:25 a.m. ― 3 years, 3 months ago

UCLA: No. 5 in 2014; Berkeley: No. 9; UCSD: No. 14; UCSBarbara: No. 18.
California's master plan for higher education is under attack with the $200 per unit charges for Santa Monica CC's most in-demand classes. SDCCD Chancellor Constance Carroll & State Senator Marty Block want BA degrees awarded in the fields of nursing, software engineering $ public safety admin.

SDSU might raise tuition independently, grants PhDs, MDs & JDs -- if the Block-Carroll heresy isn't snuffed.

For-profit colleges are mined by their CEOs. Sen. Block is for EVERYTHING. He takes the maximum amount of money from Bridgepoint Corp. He favors the "local option" (in admissions) for SDSU. He supports Nazarene U students receiving the same Cal $$$ Grants as do Stanford U students.
Chamber of Commerce CEO / former Mayor Sanders said, referring to Bob Filner. "And all of the people, Qualcomm, Bridgepoint, SDG&E, all the rest of you said we're not sponsoring that event (interviewing the sitting mayor)." So the Chamber planned the Legislative Lounge instead. The CEO of Bridgepoint took home $20 million in stock options. Dick Blum -- the longest serving UC Regent -- holds $700 million in for-profit colleges. Another sign of a coming implosion: UCSD has ended guaranteed transfers from 2-year public CCs under the TAG program -- Interim Vice Chancellor Alan Houston at a recent UCSD Student Council said that an est. 200 students will be eligible for the UniversityLink transfer program.
Before coing to UCSD, Chancellor Pradeep Khosla's entire academic career in the U.S.A. took place at Carnegie Mellon U, where the ratio of graduate students to undergraduates is twice that of UCSD. This year the rate of new UCSD grad admissions is twice that of the rate of new a undergraduate admissions.

When Dr. Khosla spoke to assemblies of 500 Buccaneers at Mission Bay High School, and an equal number of Chieftans at Clairemont High School, he asked audience members if they thought they could afford to attend UCSD? He didn't mention that Chancellor's Associates Scholarships were reserved for 45 seniors at Preuss School, Gompers Academy and/or Lincoln High School. "Providing an all-around support system for each person leaving foster care is crucial in helping them succeed in their educational endeavors," said Meredith Praniewicz, Just in Time’s inaugural program coordinator. “As an alumna of both the foster care system and UC San Diego, I know that the first year of college is the most important,” she said. Veterans and former foster children will receive preference in the new UniversityLink program at UCSD.

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