It’s a four-year investment, so you want to get the most out of your college experience. Liberal arts colleges cater to their students with a truly student-focused approach.
I just watched a video that was referred to me by a friend on Facebook. I often ignore these links, but this one clearly had a college theme–and my friend thought it was hilarious. So I clicked on it. It was hilarious. And you should watch it for the entertainment value. But you should also […]
A new study finds an association between student retention and adjunct faculty. Who will be teaching you when you go to college?
I recently wrote a post blasting the idea of student-to-faculty ratios as a bogus measure of educational quality. It turns out that universities themselves don’t have a solid measure of what the ratios really are, or even keep track of the percentage of students taught by tenure-track professors–as opposed to adjunct, part-timers, or graduate students. […]
Student-to-faculty ratios mislead. While they are oft-cited indicators of teaching quality, these ratios have no bearing on an individual student’s educational experience.
Colleges cite their student-to-faculty ratios and average class size as indicators of the intimacy and quality of the educational experience they offer to students. Rankings systems, such as those employed by US News & World Report and Newsweek, include these statistics among their variables. I’ve been writing about these statistics and what they mean (see […]
When a client asked me the other day about the importance of student-to-faculty ratios, I got to thinking about other supposed indicators of educational quality. The other oft-cited statistic when visiting an admissions office is “average class size.” As with student-to-faculty ratios, the size of the classes at a college is assumed to reflect the […]
The other day I received this question from a client: Hi, Mark. I’ve been reading college profiles, and nearly all of them cite student-to-faculty ratios, all of which fall in to a relatively narrow range of perhaps 12:1 to 20:1. How important is this statistic in choosing a college? My short answer: not very. The […]