In reading the reams of seasonal stories about the college admissions process, it sure seems that this is the Year of Diminished Expectations. Students have found it ever more difficult to get into the school of choice. For some, the choices were narrowed from the start by parents whose own expectations of sending the kids to brand-name schools were diminished by economic conditions.
Maybe a careful reading of the Kiplinger Report on Best College Values will bring some clarity to parents of today's freshmen through juniors. There are fine educations available, at fair prices, if we can just shed biases and pre-conceived notions of what is best for our teens -- and our own esteem.