Our top 10 stories of 2017

As 2017 draws to a close, the EAB Daily Briefing team took a look back at some of readers' favorite articles this year. Here are the top 10 most popular stories:

1: Students' top 10 dream schools of 2017. This survey from the Princeton Review revealed the top "hopes & worries" that students and their families have about college, as well as their top "dream schools." Notably, respondents' biggest concern wasn't whether students could get in to their dream schools—but whether they could afford them.

2: 7 types of meetings to cancel right now. Meetings aren't only a waste of time—they're also a waste of money, this author argued. There's nothing better than that feeling of clearing a one-hour hold off your calendar.

3: The 10 boss habits most likely to make your employees quit, ranked. This survey asked 1,000 workers which manager activities were most likely to influence their decision to leave a job. Readers were very interested in stories about retaining employees this year, at the same time that we saw rising concerns about job-hopping among younger workers.

4: One word that doubles liberal arts grads' chances of getting hired. When liberal arts job seekers demonstrate digital competencies, they double the number of job openings they qualify for. The popularity of this article reflects a new focus on liberal arts career outcomes, driven by public concern over the value of a college degree.

5: The best college towns. This ranking considers factors like housing costs, diversity, access to arts and entertainment, and the youth unemployment rate. College towns have a unique atmosphere, and their residents love to show off their community pride.

6: 10 higher ed jargon terms your students may not know. It's easy to forget that, for many students, college administrators can sound like they're speaking a foreign language. This article rounds up some of the words and phrases most commonly cited as confusing.

7: The 12 most meaningful majors. Amid a flurry of articles and rankings implying that salary outcomes are the best measure of a college degree's value comes a survey asking grads if their work makes the world a better place.

8: Read the essay about pizza that got this student into Yale. In response to an admissions essay prompt asking what students enjoy doing, one applicant wrote about her love of ordering pizza. The story underscores that what admissions officers really want to see is an applicant's authentic personality shining through.  

9: 3 of the lowest-paying majors—and why they might be the smartest to pursue. This story flips the traditional narrative on its head, pointing out that jobs on the lower end of the salary spectrum may actually be the least vulnerable to automation, because they require genuine empathy.

10: 7 daily habits of the best team captains. A Wall Street Journal editor investigated the management practices of great team captains from sports history—and found none of the traits he expected. These are the habits he discovered instead.


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