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ERIC Number: EJ825455
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov-21
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Most Colleges Chase Prestige on a Treadmill, Researchers Find
Schmidt, Peter
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n13 pA14 Nov 2008
The pursuit of institutional prestige has done little to improve the reputations of most colleges, and it may be causing many of them to become less distinguishable from their competitors, new research shows. In one study presented at the annual conference of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Kyle V. Sweitzer, a data-resource analyst at Michigan State University's Office of Planning and Budgets, and J. Fredericks Volkwein, examined changes in how colleges' undergraduate programs were rated by peer institutions in nine annual surveys administered by "U.S. News & World Report." The researchers found that only about two out of five institutions saw significant changes in their scores from 1999 to 2007, and that the single biggest driver of such fluctuations was changes in the colleges' admissions selectivity. This article reports the findings of several research studies presented at the annual conference of the Association for the Study of Higher Education that provide evidence to the seeming failure of colleges to improve their reputations.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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