How U.S. News Calculated the 2015 Best Colleges Rankings The host of intangibles that makes up the college experience can't be measured by a series of data points. But for families concerned with finding the best academic value for their money, the U.S. News Best Colleges rankings provide an excellent starting point for the search. They allow you to compare at a glance the relative quality of institutions based on such widely accepted indicators of excellence as freshman retention and graduation rates and the strength of the faculty. Many factors other than those spotlighted here will figure in your decision, including location and the feel of campus life; the range of academic offerings, activities and sports; and cost and the availability of financial aid. How the Methodology Works The U.S. First, schools are categorized by their mission, which is derived from the breakdown of types of higher education institutions as refined by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 2010. The U.S. U.S.
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QS World University Rankings: Methodology The primary aim of the QS World University Rankings® is to help students make informed comparisons between their international study options. Since first being compiled in 2004, the rankings have expanded to feature more than 800 universities around the world, with far more (over 3,000) assessed. The top 400 universities are given individual ranking positions, and after this universities are placed within a group, starting from 401-410, up to 701+. The rankings compare these top 800 universities across four broad areas of interest to prospective students: research, teaching, employability and international outlook. These four key areas are assessed using six indicators, each of which is given a different percentage weighting (see below). 1. Academic reputation is measured using a global survey, in which academics are asked to identify the institutions where they believe the best work is currently taking place within their field of expertise. 2. 3. 4. 5 & 6.
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self-guided_engineering_tour_jan_2013.pdf World University Rankings 2013-2014 methodology - Times Higher Education The essential elements in our world-leading formula Underpinning the World University Rankings is a sophisticated exercise in information-gathering and analysis: here we detail the criteria used to assess the global academy's greatest universities The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013-2014 are the only global university performance tables to judge research-led universities across all their core missions - teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. We employ 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators to provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons, which are trusted by students, academics, university leaders, industry and governments. The methodology for the 2013-2014 World University Rankings is identical to that used since 2011-2012, offering a year-on-year comparison based on true performance rather than methodological change. Our 13 performance indicators are grouped into five areas: This indicator is worth 6 per cent overall.
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Ranking methodology: How are universities ranked? - UniversityRankings.ch / Methodology/ On University Rankings Very different ranking approaches There are major differences in the ranking methodologies used. These differences can be seen in the definitions of what constitutes quality, in the criteria and indicators used to measure quality, in the measurement processes as well as in the presentation format. League tables are achieved by weighted indicators Media rankings are designed to produce a league table in which each university is assigned a specific rank. What is the problem with such an approach? Ranking lists all use different definitions of university quality, different criteria and indicators to measure quality and different weightings for each indicator. The type and quality of data used are also very different The Shanghai ranking list uses objective data that can be measured quantitatively. Basic principles for better approaches There are ranking approaches that are better suited to meeting the demands of the task.
Going Back to College: Getting Started Going Back to College: Getting Started Welcome! Going back to college as an adult can be a daunting (sometimes even scary), but very worthwhile experience. We all know that there are many talented and accomplished individuals who never went to college or for some reason or another were not able to complete their degree. For many, earning that "piece of paper" can make a significant difference in their professional or personal life (the achievement of a lifelong dream) - but the idea of returning to school after a long absence can present quite a challenge. Often adults who are returning to school after years of not being in a classroom are apprehensive about not fitting in (for example, being thrust into a classroom with 18 to 25 year olds), taking good notes, studying, and doing well on tests. Browse articles on returning to school and frequently asked questions in the admissions area. It doesn't matter how old you are or how long its been. Here are Some Guidelines for Getting Started:
VignetteServlet.srv The World's 25 Best Design Schools Flickr/bluekdesign As we enter the golden age of design in startups, highly talented user-interface and product designers are becoming ever more important. Some companies leading the charge are Apple, Path, Pinterest, Square, and Airbnb. But which school is best suited to get you the design job you want? Over the past couple of months, we conducted a survey to find the top 25 design schools in the world. All of these schools are comparable in terms of academics, quality of staff, and amazing campuses. Of our 633 respondents to the survey, 87.8% said they studied or participated in a college-level design program. Most of the respondents were either art directors (26.9%) or product designers (30.3%). We ranked the schools by a simple metric: What percentage of respondents ranked the schools somewhat valuable, valuable, or extremely valuable? *We recently added Hong Kong Polytechnic University after one our readers pointed out that we had a duplicate listing.
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