Podcast: Create Your Own Rankings

How useful are college rankings actually? What do they measure? Do the factors that rankings measure map to the undergrad experience? Are there excellent schools that aren’t ranked? How can one determine whether a school would be a good fit if it is not ranked? Jenn talks with Miwa Kitmura, Head of External Relations from Vesalius College in Brussels to answer these questions and more in this episode of the Beyond the States podcast. They also talk about the areas students should investigate to determine school quality.

 

Guest: Miwa Kitmura, Head of External Relations, Vesalius College, Brussels

Resources

US News College Rankings

How U.S. News college rankings promote economic inequality on campus

The US News rankings are terrible for students. Why don’t colleges stop them?

Inside Higher Ed: Ranking Diversity

Where You Go is Not Who You’ll Be

Crazy U

Forget College Rankings: Look For ‘Nessie’ Instead

2015 ETS study comparing US millennials with other students around the world

Fail U

Association of American Colleges & Universities Study

How  US News Ranks College and Universities

Jenn’s blog on her visit to Vesalius College

Vesalius combines practical focus with theory

Employability: 80% of Vesalius students go on to graduate school. After that, 95% find a job or start their own venture.

Vesalius Internship Program

At Vesalius, students are assigned a faculty advisor who is a professor.

Factors to look at beyond rankings:

  • What is the faculty background?
  • Do their research areas interest you?
  • What businesses do they partner with?
  • How many English-taught programs does the school have?