Perhaps the time has come to develop metrics that matter. Are we assessing whether a college or university is a "going concern," measuring workforce development, or looking for productive citizens who can adapt their communities, however they define them, to the global economy?
Along with baseball and romance, spring means it's time for parents and students to get serious about college search. College is a big investment and the financial and personal payoff to making the right choice is huge.
I am deeply troubled by this misuse of graduation rates as an indicator of academic quality when in fact they could indicate, in some cases, exactly the opposite. The notion that a graduation rate near 100 percent is a sign of academic quality is simply nonsense.
The incredible diversity of mission, students, and programs that make it impossible to rank schools is the foundation of the great strength of the best higher education system in the world.
In a national and international environment where the fate of democracy hangs in the balance, it is crucial to push back. We need to build the democracy movement in and around higher education. One task is to overturn the rankings, a new tyranny which holds us all in thrall.
There isn't a definitive list or a guide to tell you how to get the perfect job in a desired profession; and there is (absolutely) no list available to tell you which college to attend to get a job in your desired field.
The fact is that American colleges and universities, especially smaller ones known for personalized attention, good counseling, and strong alumni networks, are doing a miserable job at recruiting students that they would welcome and who would add tremendous value to the campus community.
Don't get me wrong; data is great. It is gratifying to have hard facts and boxes to check. But some commercial lists employ questionable methodology, and the plain truth is that whether a student will thrive at a particular school cannot be determined by an institution's national ranking.
Having gone through several music programs and with friends still attending music programs, I can tell you that these ranking systems absolutely fail to address what is important as a developing musician seeking to make a career as a performer.
Prepare for the skeptics -- a creative writing major is not for the faint of heart. If you're serious about your craft, you'll need a creative writing program that will whip your writing into shape. No school can guarantee you'll be the next great American author, but these 10 will get you pretty damn close.
The value of college is more and more frequently linked to career outcomes for students, and that is creating shockwaves in higher education. It's h...
Every year, it never fails that I have one, two or three students dying to major in film and television studies. Right away, I tell them that it is one of the most competitive college majors to get into in the U.S.
Those lists are what stick with readers, even though The Atlantic, Slate and The Economist cite flaws in the report's methodology and acknowledge the complexity of determining the true value of higher education.
As I told the mother interested in sending her daughter to a "safe school," families should look at the written and practiced policies at an institution.
We must work together to fix the problems of accountability, accessibility and affordability of higher education for all people living in the United States.
I'd encourage you to consider three factors especially predictive of a terrific college career. Maybe these ideas will help you find the right college fit.