During your senior year in high school, you probably take a lot of time to make your decision wherever you like to study in a post graduate institute whether it is a vocational college, a community college, or four years university. There are many sources for the high school students to confirm their decisions either from university-ranking (U.S. education magazine). mouth to mouth. connections and networking, and cost factors.
University rankings are one of the big influence on many students’ decisions. let’s see how is the university rankings’ methodology working?
Each university ranking from a different source has its own methods and a basic of how they are putting the universities into their rankings in their publication such as:
In U.S. News & World Report: Best colleges, the publication has their indicators to the best colleges in the following principles
- Graduation and retention rates (22.5 percent), a percentage of graduates in the University.
- Undergraduate academic reputation (22.5 percent), a wide range of majors and high school counselors’ recommendation.
- Faculty resources (20 percent), students’ closeness in contact with professors.
- Student selectivity (12.5 percent), acceptance rate and ACT/SAT requirement getting in the college
- Financial resources (10 percent), Financial Aid in each university.
- Graduation rate performance (7.5 percent)
- Alumni giving rate (5 percent)
While Times World University Rankings 2016-2017 methodology from the UK uses the following data to rank their universities:
- Teaching (the learning environment): 30%
- Research (volume, income and reputation): 30%
- Citations (research influence): 30%
- International outlook (staff, students, research): 7.5%
- Industry income (knowledge transfer): 2.5%
As you can see, each report may have a different way to judge what are the best colleges for them according to their rankings. Although, these rankings are also having a hole and a gap to many institutes that aren’t the universities such as vocational colleges, career colleges, culinary institute and a community college aren’t able to be included within the magazine’s rankings.
Does the rankings really matter to us?
I have found one comment from the blog in New York TImes in the subject “Does it matter where to go to college?” that I really intrigued within from the admissions director’s aspect in term of how the choice of college does effect to the future graduated students:
Dan Lundquist April 3, 2014 · 8:10 am
As a former admissions director at an Ivy League university, high-rated liberal arts college, and a small regional university, four decades of experience give me the answer: NO!
While resource-rich colleges offer great opportunities, I have seen students waste their time (and parents’ money) at Amherst and I have seen students receive wonderful, priceless educations at the Sage Colleges.
The key variable is the student and today, more than ever before, an individual’s performance trumps their credentials’ “pedigree”
I see that the rankings can indicate where the students finding their places to study for their future and enjoying their campus life in their young adult stages as well as their given research and job opportunities for students. but however in my opinion, the most matter factors for the students becoming a successful man in their field is truly their effort, passion, and their spirit to find their own opportunities to make an achievement and a goal.
Now, look at Steve Jobs (Founder of Apple Inc.) , Bill Gates (Founder of Microsoft), Harper Lee (The author of “To Killing the Mockingbirds) for an example, they are the drop-outs but conversely, they became very successful and made a global recognition. What they totally got creating their dreams come true are their passions in which led them to grow their imagination and turning them into a reality where people can feel and touch their invention.
Here’s the ten richest people who dropped out of the college:
Hold on a second, I didn’t say that you should drop out in college but all I mentioned to you mainly is telling you that that the choice of your school doesn’t really the big factor of your successful career. There are still many successful people who are finished their college degrees like many people as well such as Jeff Bezos (Founder of Amazon.com), J.K. Rowling (The author of Harry Potters), Stephen King (The author of the Dark tower series), and so forth. The most really matters for you is to know how are you going to pave your path to a succeeding way with your ambitious vision and your fiery affection towards your ideal career.
In conclusion, the most crucial factors that drive you to a success is really your own pursuit in what you are in fond within and trying to strive it making your dreams come true. Whether you are a drop-out or graduated students, you required those for your ambition as a beginning of your pursuing dream, and then you will find your experience and your opportunity establishing your desire turning it into a reality.