Notes in the Margins: Endowments, colleges in fiction and so-what to rankings

Employment Rate For Young Adults Lowest In 60 Years, Study Says Just 54 percent of Americans ages 18 to 24 currently have jobs, according to a Pew Research Center study. That’s the lowest employment rate for this age group since the government began keeping track in 1948. (The Huffington Post)

Colleges obsess over rankings; students shrug U.S. News & World Report’s list of “America’s Best Colleges” may have had a bigger effect on colleges than on students and families. (USA Today)

Dean Wormer’s Guide to Some Fantastic Colleges Could the best college for you be one that doesn’t exist? (The New York Times)

Endowments May Impact Best Colleges Rankings If a school’s endowment shrinks, it may have less money to spend on its students. (U.S. News & World Report)

‘Best value’ colleges: Some have high price tags Lead author of the annual Princeton Review list says in determining value “it can’t just be a low sticker price.” (USA Today)