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 Who We Are:

Alice C. Stewart (Ph.D., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill) teachesAlice Stewartstrategy and management at North Carolina A&T State University.Over the past 30 years, she has taught in a wide variety of academic settings, from elite research institutions to small private colleges. Along the way, Alice has had the opportunity to turn her professional eye to her own industry – higher education. During her five years as Director of Strategic Analysis and Planning at The Ohio State University, Alice explored some of the underlying tensions universities face as they transition to institutions with higher student demand and higher expectations for economic impact and organizational accountability. In 2011, Alice’s ability to articulate a new vision for business education was rewarded with first place in the Ideas to Innovation challenge, a global competition sponsored by the Graduate Management Admission Council. As a strategy professor, teaching and advising undergraduates, Alice has been inspired by students who have overcome the odds and disheartened by students who have overspent and under studied. Alice brings her insights from many years of day-to-day interactions with students to this book. She hopes that students and parents will take a more strategic, “big picture” view of the college decision and realize that in higher education caveat emptor prevails!

Fran Stewart is a Cleveland-area writer, editor and designer. She has spent more than 15 years working for newspapers, including the Cleveland Plain Dealer, where she wrote about personal finance issues. That's when she began to explore college choice in terms of its return on investment. In 2006, Fran helped found College 101, a twice yearly magazine for Ohio high school students. She has written in the areas of economic development, public policy and urban issues and has worked on projects for the State of Ohio, universities, a Cleveland-area think tank, a variety of non-profit organizations and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  Her first book, In Their Path: A Grandmother's 519-Mile Underground Railroad Walk, examined Ohio's abolitionist history. She is a founding member of Restore Cleveland Hope, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving a local historic building and highlighting Cleveland's Underground Railroad past.






About Us:

We are sisters – one a business professor, the other a freelance journalist. We draw on years of teaching strategy and management, of reporting on personal finance issues, of creating strategic plans for universities, and of exploring the topic of college choice and return on investment.

This book takes an approach to the college decision that not everyone will embrace. But we wish more would. We explore the college choice as a family investment.

By incorporating basic business principles into the college choice, we give you the understanding and tools to make better and more financially rational decisions.