Researchers at Challenge Success, a nonprofit organization based at the Stanford University Graduate School of Education, released a white paper this past fall that calls into doubt the value of widely used university rankings.
The group’s findings indicate that college rankings rely on measures that say little about how well undergraduates will do in school and later in life. The paper questions the metrics ( SAT scores, average class size, alumni giving rate to name a few) used to determine the rankings and the weight each is given to calculate a school’s overall score .
The paper strongly suggests, and we agree, a good fit school is a college where a student will benefit from what the college offers because the student is motivated to get involved in the academic, social and community life on and off campus.
Looking beyond rankings, students can find the school they will have the opportunity to grow and succeed during college and in the years after.