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Measuring Academic Quality

Certain standards should be used when considering if a potential college may be right for you personally. But what set of guidelines would you go by when deciding which was the best school? This article contains five factors that can help determine the academic quality of potential schools. These five factors include a potential school's percentage of employment post graduation, percentage of students who graduate, amount of moneys spent on research, class sizes, and student to faculty ratio.

Measuring Academic Quality

As prospective college students seeking the right institution for our personal needs, we’ve all seen before the popular magazines that rank colleges and universities based upon their ‘academic quality’. But what is ‘academic quality’, and how do you quantifiably measure it? What standards should be used to evaluate these various institutions methodically? Below is a list compiled of important factors that may help determine a college or universities ‘academic quality’:

1. Percentage of Employment Post Graduation

The percentage of employment post graduation is an important factor when considering a certain college or university because it gives you a raw glimpse into the pure data of how many former students have gone on to receive employment and how many have not. When the economy is as sluggish as it currently is, and there are simply not that many job opportunities looming about, attending a school that has a high percentage of employment post graduation can statistically boost your chances or receiving a job post graduation, which is an advantage that cannot be overlooked in a lethargic job market where every little advantage helps.

2. Percentage of Students Who Graduate

The percentage of students who graduate is an important factor when considering a certain college or university because it allows you a precious look into that universities student culture. Do the students their and potential future peers excel and cultivate an atmosphere of success by holding themselves to higher standards of graduation? Or is the culture of the school one of mediocrity, where no one holds themselves to standards of excellence? If you attend a school where you’re peers are more inclined to succeed, they are more inclined to push you to succeed.

3. Amount of Money Spent On Research

The amount of money spent on research is an important factor when considering a prospective future college or university because it offers you a chance to see just how serious a particular institution is in regards to the educational service it offers. If you are looking to major in one of the many fields of science, for instance, would you rather go to an institution that pumps very little into its classes’ research capabilities? Or would you rather go to an institution that submits a substantial amount its funds to research? If you attend a university that spends a large portion of its funds on research, it’s actually spending a large portion of money on you.

4. Class Sizes

Class sizes are an important factor when considering a potential future college or university because you may be more comfortable with certain class sizes, and uncomfortable with others. For example, if you are seeking a more personal classroom experience so that you may more efficiently interact with the professor, smaller classes may be right for you. However, smaller schools may not have the resources, funding, and research capabilities of larger ones. It’s important to just choose what’s personally right for you.

5. Student to Faculty Ratio

Student to faculty ratio is an important factor when considering a possible future college or university because it allows you to decide what is better for you personally, a low student to faculty ratio or a high student to faculty ratio. A low student to faculty ratio allows for a more hands on approach from the professor. A high student to faculty ratio is an indication of a larger institution which more prestigious and renowned professors. It’s important to decide simply what is best for you personally.

In conclusion, the five ways to quantify the academic quality of an institution is to measure its percentage of employment post graduation, the percentage of students who graduate the amount of money the institution spends on research, its class sizes, and its student to faculty ratio. These five standards are great tools that can be utilized in your challenging search for the perfect school for you.

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