January

Sacred Heart University Deemed a ‘Remarkable Value’

News Story: January 11, 2016

The New England Journal of Higher Education (NEJHE) says a Sacred Heart University education is a great buy for students.

The NEJHE, a publication put out by the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE), which promotes educational opportunities and services for New England residents, used data published in Boston magazine and the NEBHE to examine the tuition at private universities in New England to see which ones offered the best value.

The NEJHE piece hailed SHU as a “remarkable value.” Value was determined using a specific methodology that took many variables into consideration including percentage of acceptance, student-to-faculty ratio and, the most influential variable, the percentage of freshman in the top 25 percent of their high school class.

According to the findings, “For each 1 percent higher the percentage of freshmen in the top 25 percent of their class, the price in tuition rises. For each 1 percent higher the percentage of applicants accepted (less selective), the price declines. And for each one student higher the student-to-faculty ratio is (larger class sizes), the price declines.”

The article also said the methodology used does not identify lower-priced schools as “good values.” Many schools are priced “appealingly” because their “independent quality factors justify the high prices,” the journal article noted.