If you happen to be boarding Alaska Airlines during the next few weeks, you may want to pick up the airplane’s inflight magazine.
Claremont McKenna College’s Director of Financial Aid, Clint Gasaway, was interviewed by writer Alison Krupnick for an educational piece in the August issue called, “Looking for Value.” Krupnick reminds passengers that the people sitting next to them could very well be families visiting prospective colleges for their children.
A primary concern for many of those families, Krupnick writes, is the cost of a college education, especially in times of rising tuitions and growing concerns over students getting the best educational value for their buck.
Gasaway is among the college-admissions professionals quoted by Krupnick. In addition to looking at a college’s graduation and retention rates and the makeup of the faculty, he shares other suggestions for families exploring the right educational fit, including using The Education Trust’s College Results Online search engine as a starting point for comparing colleges.
And while clicking through individual college websites also is helpful, Gasaway says there is no substitute for actually visiting a campus, and talking with students and faculty.
In the meantime, if you have access to Adobe software, a digital issue of August’s Alaska Airlines magazine is available online. The issue has flippable pages, but you can also just key in 163 at the bottom of the screen (in the box next to the arrows) to go directly to Krupnick’s story.