Monday, April 20, 2015

A College’s High Ranking Often Means Less Time With Professors

The Chronicle of Higher Education
April 17th, 2015

The researchers sought to determine what, if any, relationship existed between student engagement at any given college and how highly that institution was ranked by U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, or Washington Monthly. Their study examined data on more than 80,000 freshmen and seniors at 64 colleges ranked by each of the three magazines in 2013. The student data came from that spring’s administration of the National Survey of Student Engagement, or “Nessie,” which annually asks students a raft of questions about their campus experiences and their interactions with students, faculty members, and administrative staff members.
The researchers compared colleges’ rankings and Nessie results using a formula that took into account differences in the characteristics of institutions and students. They were scheduled to present their findings on Friday, at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association.

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