||Forbes' America's Best Colleges (which ranks Centre 13th) generates pro and con comments
RELEASED: August 21, 2008
Posted by taylor85
You guys really should have done a bit more research before publishing this. Attributing 25% weighting to RateMyProfessors.com is just laughable.
Posted by WestPointDad
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Posted by Wally2
So what if it edged out MIT or Berkeley. Those schools aren't a good "fit" for many students. I know they wouldn't have been for me.
I like that the ranking tries to look at a few unorthodox characteristics. That makes it stand apart from the one that gets all woozy in the knees at the classic big-name schools. (And just for the record, I did not go to Centre.)
Posted by HillarE
While this school may not be as well known as those whose place it has taken in this list, this state of affairs has more to do with its small size and location than it does with the quality of education offered, and to dismiss it based on lack of reputation alone displays the sort of elitism that prevents all institutions of higher education from striving towards improvement.
Through Centre College I had the opportunity to run a nonprofit group, present research, sing for a jazz ensemble and obtain a Fulbright grant. Perhaps more importantly, I had advisors who still recognize my voice when I call them on the phone; I thrived in classes of fifteen students; and I knew everyone on campus by name. Attending a school that offered merit aid, in an area of the country too often slighted, I found myself far less shielded from the realities of class and regional differences than my peers at less affordable institutions. And now that I find myself in the workforce, I have the same skills and the same drive as my friends who attended better-known schools.
Do I think that Centre is the 13th best school in the country? Not necessarily, in that I haven't visited all of the other schools cited. And I do believe that my school, like all schools, has a good deal of room for improvement. Nonetheless, Forbes' placement of Centre in a deservedly high position reflects a refreshing refusal to be bound by conventional wisdom and a willingness to consider what students across the country seek.
Posted by saxaphonst
The academic literature comparing SETs and RateMyProfessors.com methodologies shows correlations far from 1.00. This does not qualify as very strong correlation.
Finally, please do note that the RateMyProfessors.com ratings are statistically significantly higher for easier courses. Although Forbes attempts to combat this bias with their "rigor/easiness variable," such a measure would have to quantify such subjective and varying factors that any scholarly mind would deem it meaningless.
I leave you with one last quote from the Forbes.com description of methodology: "To be sure, the research is not all enthusiastically supportive of RateMyProfessors.com."
I am not enthusiastically supportive of Forbes.com's America's Best Colleges of 2008.
Posted by Bizenny
Posted by wombats
I graduated from Centre. The majority of my professors received their doctorates from top academic schools such as Harvard, Yale, Duke, Vanderbilt, Princeton. I think that I got a very good education. Forty percent of Centre graduates receive advanced degrees. I would estimate that well over 20% of my classmates received doctorate degrees in one form or another. I do not think that schools with the reputation and resources like Dartmouth and UCLA are not as good as smaller schools. They offer different things for their students. Smaller schools can sometimes offer a better education for the right student.
Posted by sean9891
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Posted by Wally2
All in all, I think Forbes has made an effort to look past elitism and reputation to rank these schools.
To see how Centre fares in other college rankings and guidebooks, click on the following links:
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