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The College Solution: A Guide for Everyone Looking for the Right School at the Right Price by Lynn O’Shaughnessy

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26. Teaching Versus Research

How effectively we teach is as important as what we teach, and student learning needs to be our focus.

—James L. Melsa, dean emeritus at Iowa State University College of Engineering and president of the American Society for Engineering Education

When U.S. News & World Report declared that the economics department at the University of California, San Diego, had muscled its way onto the list of the nation’s top 10 econ departments, it was considered quite a coup. After all, UCSD, which has only been around since 1960, had joined such august company as Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Stanford University. What’s’ more, U.S. News & World Report wasn’t the only publication tossing laurels ...

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