March 5, 2018

Reimagining Educational Practices:

When researching the differences/relationship between University ranking and the quality of education I was able to conclude that they somewhat coincide with each other but for the most part are two different things. When it comes to the University ranking itself they chose to focus more on the overall experience of the school rather than the actual quality of the education. According to college niche, typically when be rated they do involve graduation/retention rates and acceptance rates but also focus on things like where the school is located, quality of dorms/cafeteria, and things like party scene. So I was able to conclude that the university ranking may not necessarily be the best thing to look when deciding quality of education itself but rather to go into deeper research.

When doing more research on the quality of education itself I was able to find the factors that go into determining the actual quality of education. According to US News these factors include graduation and retention rates, undergraduate academic reputation, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance, and alumni giving rate. All of these factors are part of the “standard” for the quality of education. The quality of education is also based on “reputation” so its very hard to compare the two because a lower end school may provide the same quality as a higher end school but just doesn’t get the reputation. So when it comes to the less advantaged communities it is harder for them to get into higher end schools because of their background and the “stereotype.”

References List:

Morse, R., Brooks, E., & Mason, M. (2017, September 11). How U.S. News Calculated the 2018 Best Colleges Rankings. Retrieved March 05, 2018, from https://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/articles/how-us-news-calculated-the-rankings

2018 Best Colleges in America. (n.d.). Retrieved March 05, 2018, from https://www.niche.com/colleges/search/best-colleges/

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