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ERIC Number: EJ783678
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: 0
The Best College--Or the Best Fit?
Journal of College Admission, n180 p18-21 Sum 2003
Every year the college rankings in "U.S. News & World Report" raise voices disparaging the rankings' methods, validity and contribution to status-driven consumerism. Now, voices are rising against a September 2002 "Worth" magazine article, which ranks preparatory schools not according to the quality of education, but merely on which schools appear to be the major feeders for Harvard, Princeton and Yale. All of this fuss over rankings--whether flawed, limited or simply fallacious as in the "Worth" article--loses sight of the fact that the national tendency to over-rely on college rankings jeopardizes one of the finest features of the American republic--the country's amazingly varied higher education system. Rather than supporting this system, the rankings threaten to undermine it. The rankings, focusing only on factual attributes, miss the power of the match between student and institution. Worse, they limit Americans' collective imagination, their ability to see the opportunities that speak instantly to a best-fit student. Here, the author stresses that Americans should not forget how they as Americans ideally do things. "The pursuit of happiness" is not just about gathering enough money to buy what one wants. Rather, it gives a person the freedom to be who he/she is, to create the person he/she wants to be and to select a college or university that helps him/her to do both.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Rating Scales, Student College Relationship, College Environment, Student Needs, College Choice
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
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