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Mark Fisher quizzes readers on the recent 2019-2020 Chronicle of Higher Education stats.

Mark L. Fisher is a college and career consultant at Fisher Educational Consultants ( and a consultant for the College Planning Institute (

The Chronicle of Higher Education has recently published its yearly almanac with a multitude of statistics for its 2019-2020 edition. From the newest almanac, here are some questions for AJT readers to answer. Note that answers are based on the options presented, not necessarily the top or best in the entire category. Often, there are colleges rated even higher in the almanac. Here they go:

1. Which public college has the highest average pay for full professors? A. Rutgers University at Newark, B. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, C. University of Texas, D. University of Massachusetts.

2. Among these private nonprofit institutions, which has the highest average pay for full professors? A. Harvard University, B. University of Chicago, C. Yale University, D. Vanderbilt University.

3. Among non-STEM faculty members, what was the most important goal in teaching? A. Prepare students for graduate or advanced education, B. Prepare for employment after college, C. Promote ability to write effectively, D. Teach tolerance and respect for different beliefs.

4. Private nonprofit institutions are expensive. Which is the most expensive (excluding any financial aid)? A. University of Pennsylvania, B. Brandeis University, C. Harvey Mudd College, D. Duke University.

5. Which public university has the best six-year graduation rate? A. Virginia Tech, B. University of Georgia, C. University of Maryland, D. Ohio State.

6. Which four-year public college has the best four-year graduation rate? A. University of New Hampshire, B. The Citadel, C. University of Connecticut, D. Binghamton University.

7. Among these four-year private nonprofit colleges, which has the best four-year graduation rate? A. Cornell University, B. Northwestern University, C. Lehigh University, D. University of Miami.

8. Which doctoral university has the most foreign students? A. Northeastern University, B. Carnegie Mellon University, C. Boston University., D. Michigan State.

9. Which baccalaureate institution has the most foreign students? A. Mount Holyoke College, B. Franklin & Marshall University, C. Wellesley College, D. Bryn Mawr College.

10. Which special-focus institution has the most foreign students? A. School of Visual Arts (N.Y.), B. Savannah College of Art and Design, C. Pratt Institute, D. Rhode Island School of Design.

11. Which group was higher when it came to freshmen political views? A. far left, B. middle of the road, C. conservative, D. liberal.

12. Which was the fastest growing public college? A. Florida International University, B. Oregon State University, C. Northern Arizona University, D. Georgia Tech.

13. Which was the fastest growing private nonprofit doctoral institutions? A. Worcester Polytechnic Institute, B. University of New England, C. Belmont University, D. Chapman University.

14. For public doctoral institutions, the largest enrollment was at: A. University of Florida, B. Rutgers University, C. Michigan State, D. Arizona State.

15. The highest paid chief executive at a private nonprofit college was the head of: A. University of Rochester, B. Rice University, C. George Washington University, D. Dartmouth College.

16. When choosing a four-year college, what distance from home influenced incoming freshmen the most? A. 101 to 500 miles, B. 10 or less miles, C. 11 to 50 miles, D. 51 to 100 miles.

17. Rated “very important” for choosing a college, the following garnered the most votes: A. Offer of financial assistance, B. Very good academic reputation, C. Good reputation for social and extracurricular activities, D. College graduates get good jobs.

18. Which private nonprofit college had the largest enrollment? A. Bucknell University, B. Wesleyan University (Conn.) C. University of Richmond, D. High Point University.

19. The highest median wage at mid-career, by major was: A. economics, B. political science, C. accounting, D. criminal justice.

20. The top destination of American study-abroad students was: A. China, B. Australia, C. Thailand, D. Israel


Answers: 1.A, 2.B, 3.C, 4.C, 5.C, 6.D, 7.A, 8.A, 9.A, 10.B, 11.B, 12.D, 13.B, 14.A, 15.A 16.C, 17.B, 18.D, 19.A, 20.D.

Mark Fisher is a college and career consultant at Fisher Educational Consultants,, and a consultant for the College Planning Institute,

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