Our Mission:

The Best Value School Award is not based on a ranking system. There is no pecking order of schools on a list. Rather, schools honored with the Best Value School Award belong to an elite “club” of high-quality, affordable schools that provide specialized skills training. Each Best Value School has been selected because it meets criteria important to individuals who are career-changers or who want to add skills and credentials. While each individual’s criteria may vary, all have basic requirements which include: a place where they fit in; where they feel comfortable in the learning environment; where they find top-notch skills programs; and where the costs to attend are reasonable and financial aid is available.

There is no limit to how many schools can be part of the program; however, the selection process is challenging and the criteria must be met annually.

We don’t just look at statistics. Our experienced researchers gather data by scouring the internet and tapping publicly accessible databases, but also through one-on-one interviews. We have access to benchmarking databases and resources which allow us to make fair decisions about such things as affordability. We talk with students, faculty and administrators to find answers to important questions about what makes a school great.

No School Is Too Small or Too Specialized to Be Honored as a Best Value School

  • There are some 8,000 colleges, universities and skill schools in the U.S. Of those, a few hundred regularly and very visibly make the traditional rankings and lists.
  • The Best Value School Award does not target schools recognized by the likes of US News & World Reports (although schools may self-nominate or be nominated by a third party).
  • The objective of this award program is to honor the often overlooked schools—those small- to medium-sized skill schools that are struggling to attract the attention of potential students, but loved by the majority of their students.

Selection Criteria

  • Cost. Is a school affordable and in-line with similar schools?
  • Do students like, support and recommend the school?
  • What’s unique about the school?
  • What percentage of enrollees graduate?
  • What percentage of enrollees get a credential?
  • What percentage of graduates obtain a job within 60 days of graduation?
  • Is the new job directly related to the student’s new credential?
  • Does the school have any negative publicity?