Measuring Stick

30 Ways to Rate a College

August 29, 2010

The lines below connect raters to each of the measures they take into account. Notice how few measures are shared by two or more raters. That indicates a lack of agreement among them on what defines quality. Much of the emphasis is on “input measures” such as student selectivity, faculty-student ratio, and retention of freshmen. Except for graduation rates, almost no “outcome measures,” such as whether a student comes out prepared to succeed in the work force, are used.

* Published in a partnership between these two organizations through 2009.
Note: In some cases, separate measures shown here are combined to create a single variable used for ranking colleges.