태터데스크 관리자

도움말
닫기
적용하기   첫페이지 만들기

태터데스크 메시지

저장하였습니다.


First-years arriving on campus may be horrified to learn that instead of receiving the 14th-best education in the country, they will be getting the 16th best. Brown fell two places in the latest edition of U.S. News & World Report's annual college and university rankings, released on its Web site Aug. 21.

Despite the drop in this overall ranking, Brown retained its spot as the school with the second-happiest students in the nation, behind Clemson University, in the Princeton Review's annual college rankings, released in July.

The test prep company also ranked the University as having the 7th-best college radio station and the 15th-best college theatre.

When told about Brown's fall in the rankings, many students shrugged their shoulders and expressed mild displeasure.

"In the top 20, they're all pretty good," Lingke Wang '12 said. "Dropping two points doesn't necessarily mean Brown has become a worse school."

The reason for the change in Brown's ranking was not immediately clear, as this year's survey used an identical methodology to last year's, according to Robert Morse, director of data research at U.S. News. Morse described the change in the University's ranking as "minuscule."

"Two places is a micro-movement when dealing with 260 schools," Morse said.

The U.S. News rankings, published annually since 1985, are based on 15 different measurements, including retention, selectivity and peer assessment. Brown generally performs very well in selectivity and retention - this year scoring the fifth-highest graduation and retention rate, the ninth-highest selectivity rate, and a predicted graduation rate of 93 percent - but usually ranks lower in categories like financial resources.

Brown's faculty-to-student ratio improved from 9-to-1 last year to 8-to-1 this year with 70.3 percent of classes having under 20 students. The University's peer assessment score fell slightly as did its faculty resources ranking and selectivity ranking, although the survey used the Fall 2007 admissions rate of 14 percent, not the Fall 2008 rate of 13.3 percent.

In the past, critics have said that college rankings can be misleading and encourage colleges to distort their data through measures like accepting more early decision applicants in order to improve their yield rate, which moves them up in the rankings.

U.S. News has tried to counter these criticisms in recent years by removing controversial criteria such as yield rates, and by including a survey of high school guidance counselors. In the latest issue, Brown tied Cornell as the fifth-best university in that survey.

Last year, Barnard, Sarah Lawrence, Kenyon and several other colleges joined a growing group of dissenters against the rankings and declined to participate in the magazine's annual survey, which asks college administrators to assess peer institutions. The percentage of colleges whose administrations filled out the peer review surveys fell to an all-time low of 46 percent this year, according to an Aug. 27 article in the Yale Daily News, although it was not clear which schools' administrators purposefully declined to fill out the survey and which lacked the time or resources to do so.

Provost David Kertzer '69 P'95 P'98 said there had "been some discussion about not participating" in the surveys, but that the University has no plans to tell administrators to stop or to take the more drastic step of refusing to send statistical data to U.S. News. Brown has stayed around roughly the same place in the rankings over the past decade and is not worried about the drop or about trying to manipulate the rankings, Kertzer added.

"It periodically gets thrown around that if we just got [SAT scores] up to a certain number it could catapult us up in the rankings. But do you want to be selecting students even more by their rankings? I like to think we make our decisions based on what we think would make the best classes," he said.

He added, "There are categories that we do pay attention to. For instance maximizing class ratio. That's been one of the goals of the plan for academic enrichment."

For the most part, incoming freshmen and current students said they'd looked at the U.S. News and Princeton Review rankings, but that these did not significantly affect their college choice.

"They're a good indicator, a good starting place," Maggie Goter '12 said. "But you have to go beyond them."

Danielle Desbordes '11 looked at college guides to see what range of schools her test scores fit in, but did not find all their information useful. "The faculty-to-student ratio, that's important. But is one more student going to make a difference to how you learn?" Desbordes said.

Roger Orf P'12 expressed a similar amount of faith in the rankings. "They're directional, but you can't take anything away from one school being number one one year and not the next."

Several students said the ranking mattered more to parents and people that are not very knowledgeable about American universities than to the students who actually choose to attend those schools.

"The only thing Chinese people care about is the ranking," said Ang Zheng '12, a student from China. "That's what our parents care about."



The Brown Daily Herald (Campus News)/ 08-30-2008

Posted by megan


티스토리 툴바