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ERIC Number: EJ871514
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-1043-7797
Picky, Picky, Picky: Ranking Graduate Schools of Social Work by Student Selectivity
Kirk, Stuart A.; Kil, Hyeon Jong; Corcoran, Kevin
Journal of Social Work Education, v45 n1 p65-87 Win 2009
During the past 3 decades dozens of studies have ranked schools of social work using faculty productivity or program reputation to gauge program quality. These studies are often controversial because they rely on only a few dimensions of schools' performance. This study used publicly available admissions data from the past 15 years to examine how selective schools are in admitting full-time MSW and PhD students. The findings demonstrate that selectivity varies greatly among schools, and that rankings by productivity or reputation are somewhat different from rankings by selectivity. Trends in admissions and contextual reasons for wide variation among programs are discussed. (Contains 2 tables and 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A