ERIC Number: EJ775808
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep-12
Reference Count: 0
Colleges Build Web Sites to Enable Campus Comparisons, sans Ranks
Cech, Scott J.
Education Week, v27 n3 p1, 16 Sep 2007
This article reports that long-established college associations and a nascent national organization are either building or planning five free, Web-based college-information platforms that may diminish the influence of the "U.S. News and Report's" annual rankings of "America's Best Colleges" and its influence among high school counselors, students, and parents. The information templates now under construction or consideration differ in how much and what kind of information they aim to provide, but they all have one thing in common: No rankings. That is not to say that the sudden rush among college associations to gather information in a reader-friendly, online format stems only from officials' dissatisfaction with the magazine's ranking system. Most of the four other projects now under way were launched with U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings' Commission on the Future of Higher Education in mind, if not in direct response to it. The commission's report, issued last year, recommended that more colleges disclose students' test scores, graduation rates, and other information in a consumer-friendly form as a condition of accreditation.
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