College Rankings Considered

  • Figuring out what the College Rankings Rank
  • Using a Professor Rating website to your advantage

There might not be enough corn and oil to satisfy demand, but there sure seems to be more than enough college ranking lists available to satisfy just about any taste. The most famous, of course, is the US News and World Report ranking. US News has turned ranking colleges into a major profit center for its magazine, with 2,000,000 subscribers, 9,000 newsstand buyers, and over 20,000 of its college guide book users. If you don’t like US News and World Report’s perspective on admissions competitiveness, then you can always turn to: Barron’s, The College Prowler, Princeton Review, Kiplinger, Ordo Ludus College Ranking (which is Latin for “school ranking”) –you can find a fairly comprehensive listing of the college ranking services in Wikipedia, not only in the US, but worldwide,--by going to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/College_and_university_rankings.

A new ranking, however, warrants a look. It is from the Center for College Affordability & Productivity, (CCAP), a four-year old research institute located in Washington DC. It ranks colleges by how productive its students are: what do its students gain by attending the college in question for four years?  This should not be a novel idea, but, for whatever reason, it seems to be. It ranks schools by: the percentage of students that graduate (and this is also done by US News), the number of students that win Fulbright Travel Grants and Rhodes Scholarships upon graduation, the number that succeed in their chosen profession (which it tracks through Whos Who in America), the number that go on to gain graduate degrees and PhDs,  and by student evaluations of the institutions teachers posted on www.Ratemyprofessors.com.

This last criterion caught my interest, because, even in illustrious colleges with, supposedly, the most professional faculty, there are some teachers who perform below expectations. A recent example, Ms. Priya Venkatesan, an English composition instructor at Dartmouth, which is ranked #10 by the CCAP, sued her students and filed an intellectual distress lawsuit against the college, when her lecture on eco-feminism was not well received by her students. (Dartmouth Review, May 2008; Wall Street Journal Op-Ed piece by Joseph Rago) Obviously, that would have been a class worth missing.  Unfortunately, Ms. Venkatesan has transferred to Northwestern University as a Research Scholar, so she doesnt appear in Ratemyprofessors.com. Ironically, another Priya Venkatesan can be found on the site; she teaches a nutrition class at Pasadena City College in California.

Another point worth mentioning about the Ratemyprofessors.com site, is that when you think about researching a school or a professor, it can give you extremely useful information. It gives you direct feedback from students, who are currently attending a school that youre interested in possibly applying to, about a teacher in a department that might, possibly, be your major. Ratemyprofessors.com is an eleven year-old site with over 6.8 million student-generated evaluations. That, of course, does not mean that the student evaluations it displays are flawless, nothing is, but it will certainly give a sense about the teaching capabilities of teachers that might, in the future, have a direct impact on your education. When I visited the website, I did a search over the UCLA teacher list. I was looking for a teacher with at least six reviews, and who had received a ‘chili pepper’, meaning he or she is ‘hot’. I found Charles Batten, who is in the English Department, had 12 reviews; apparently he teaches very well, the students enjoy his discussions, though he seemed, to several of the student reviewers, a little ‘unapproachable.’

The actual rankings from the CCAP, are quite a bit different from the US News and World Report. You may take a look at them yourself at:  http://www.centerforcollegeaffordability.org/uploads/2010_Liberal_Arts.pdf.  Where they really diverge is among the ‘liberal arts schools’, especially in the top 15. No matter how you choose to use these rankings, just keep in mind that what they measure might, or might not, be of interest to you. They’re only as useful as your understanding of them. Where they might prove useful, is in bringing to your attention schools that might never have been discovered elsewhere.

대학 순위결정

  • 대학순위 결정 단체를 고려해야 한다.
  • 교수등급을 고려하는 싸이트를 참고하라.

옥수수와 기름의 양이 수요를 충분히 만족시킬 수 없을지라도, 대학순위에 있어서만은 각종 구미에 맞을 수 있는 순위자료들이 있다.  먼저, 가장 알려진 것으로는 US News and World Report의 순위이다.  이 잡지는 이 자료 덕분에 200만의 정기구독자와 9000부의 가판판매, 그리고 대학안내를 필요로하는 2만여명의 고객으로 인해 주 수입원을  올리고 있다.  만약 US News and World Report의 입학안내의 관점이 못마땅하게 느껴지면, 다른 곳으로 눈을 돌리면 된다.  Barron’s, The College Prowler, Princeton Review, Kiplinger, Ordo Ludus College Ranking를 구입하거나, Wikipedia의 홈피에서 세계 어디에서나 종합적인 대학순위를 파악할 수 있다. 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/College_and_university_rankings.

여기 순위에 주목할 필요가 있다.  이 자료는 Washington DC 에 위치한 4년된 연구기관인 CCAP에서 발표한 것이다.  이 순위는 학생들이 얼마나 생산적인가에 초점이 되어있다: 학생들이 4년간 무엇을 얻는가?  이 질문이 새로운 것은 아니지만, 별로 중요시되지 않았다.  자세한 기준은 다음을 고려하고 있다: 졸업생 비율(US News에서도 다룸), Fullbright Travel Grants 와 Rhodes 장학금을 수여받은 학생수, 특정분야에서 지명도를 받는 수(Who’s Who in America 참고함), 졸업후 석.박사 학위취득자 수, 학생들의 교수평가 (www.Ratemyprofessors.com)

여기에서 고려하는학생들의 교수평가(Ratemyfrofessors.com)’ 기준은 매우 흥미를 끈다심지어 명성높은 교수중에도 형편없는 수업으로 기대에 못미치는 경우가 종종있기 때문이다최근, CCAP 에서 11위에 등급된 Dartmouth 대학의 영어강사인 Ms. Priya Venkatesan 자신의 ‘eco-feminism’ 강의를 학생들이 참석하지 않음으로 자신이 ‘intellectual distress(지적 고통)’ 감수해야 했다고 학생들과 대학을 법정에 고소하였다(Dartmouth review, May 2008; Wall Street Journal, Op-Ed piece by Joseph Rago참고).  분명히 수업에 빠질 만한 이유가 있었을 것이다그후, Ms. Venkatesa 교수는 Northwestern Univ. 연구교수로 전직함으로 이제 Ratemyprofessors.com 에서는 찾아볼 없게 되었다그러나, 다른 동명이인 Priya Venkatesan 찾을 있는데. 교수는 Pasadena City College에서 영양학을 가르치고 있다.

Ratemyfrofessors.com 대학이나 교수에 대해 연구할 아주 유용한 정보를 제공한다여러분이 선택한 대학의 선택한 학과의 특정 교수에 대한 학생들의 직접 반응을 접할 있다 홈피는 680만명의 학생의 평가를 싣는 9년된 싸이트이다물론 학생의 반응이 결점이 없는 것은 아니지만, 교수의 교수능력에 대해 있는 정보를 주며, 이것은 배울 학생에게는 영향력을 미칠 있다이곳에서 나는 UCLA 교수들 중에서멋쟁이(chili pepper=hot)’ 뽑힌 영문과의Charles Batten 대한 12반응을 살펴볼 , 교수가 가르치며 학생들의 수업참여도가 높음을 있었다 (몇몇 반응은이해하기 어려움이었지만).

CCAP 평가는 US News and World Report와는 다름을 있다:  http://www.centerforcollegeaffordability.org/uploads/2010_Liberal_Arts.pdf특히 큰 차이는 ‘liberal arts schools’의 15등 까지의 등급이다.  여러분이 여러 기관의 등급을 참고할 때, 여러분은 비교하면서 고려해야 한다.  여러분의 관심에 따른 등급을 살펴볼 때, 여러 기관을 고려하는 것이 여러분에게는 유용하다.