ERIC Number: EJ822251
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov-14
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Does It Matter Where You Go to College?
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n12 pA30 Nov 2008
Viewbooks, rankings, and accountability measures cast colleges as distinctive and readily comparable. But the average student experience doesn't differ that markedly among institutions, according to this year's National Survey of Student Engagement. Rather, the survey found, more than 90 percent of the variation in educational quality occurs among individual students on the same campus. The annual report, known as "Nessie," releases only national averages of institutions' scores on "effective educational practice," but participating colleges and universities get individual results. This year's report uses data from real institutions, renamed Constitution University and Homestate College, to underscore its point about internal variation.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Quality, Educational Practices, Student Experience, Accountability, College Students, Reputation, Surveys, Student Attitudes, Individual Differences, Educational Experience
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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