How U.S. universities are ranked

剛剛一邊吃點心一邊看今天這則新聞,想到這樣的衡量標準,是不是在島國行得通? 記得以前訂 U.S. News & World Report 時,這一期都是被拿來討論的.當然,反對被評量的居多,尤其是那一套對有錢私校的喜好標準.不過,既然已經看了整則新聞就分享給大家看看也無所謂,我記得我們倒也樂得進入 PlayBoy 的 party school 第一名,或是我們自己領域的 top five.

以下是評量標準與新聞一則 ...

25% Peer assessment. What other universities think of a particular university.

20% Graduation and retention rates. How many freshmen return the next year and the percentage of students who earn degrees.

20% Faculty resources. Class sizes, faculty salary, student-faculty ratio, percentage of full-time faculty and percentage of professors with highest degrees in their field.

15% Student selectivity. School's acceptance rate and quality of applicants.

10% Financial resources. How much a university spends per student on instruction, research and student services.

5% Alumni giving. Percentage of living alumni who donate to the school, which indirectly measures their satisfaction.

5% Graduation rate performance. Difference between actual and predicted graduation rate.

The Arizona Republic by Anne Ryman - Aug. 22, 2008

'Up and coming' ASU inches up list of best colleges

Arizona State University has moved up three slots to No. 121 in a widely watched ranking of American colleges and is listed as an "up-and-coming school," a new category that recognizes universities that have made striking improvements or innovations.

The annual rankings of 262 universities were released today by U.S. News & World Report. Harvard University is No. 1 again this year followed by Princeton and Yale universities. University of Arizona is ranked No. 96, the same as last year, while Northern Arizona University is an unranked school in the fourth tier.

A separate list that looks at only the top 50 public universities ranks UA at No. 45. ASU and NAU did not make that list.

U.S. News & World Report added an "up-and-coming schools" category where ASU is listed alongside schools such as George Mason and Clemson universities and the University of Southern California. Schools in this category are described as "not at the top of the rankings yet but tops for innovation."

ASU President Michael Crow said rankings are a sensitive issue because they tend to favor elite institutions. Still, he is pleased where ASU ended up.

"We are where we would like to be," he said.

The rankings judge schools on factors such as class size, student-faculty ratio, alumni contributions and the percentage of students who graduate. How a college is viewed by peer universities also plays a large role.

The rankings have come under fire from some university presidents, who feel the factors used to calculate them favor rich, private schools. For instance, schools can get more points toward their rankings by having tougher admission policies. Schools with more liberal admission policies get dinged.

Despite the criticism, universities that do well on the list often use the rankings in marketing efforts to attract top students and faculty. The annual report also ranks individual schools within universities such as law, engineering and business.

For a rankings list, go to US News & World Report. (or here)

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