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Peterson's College Rankings Exposed - The Art of Getting Quality Education in the 21st Century

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College rankings are irresistible and inescapable. Each year, a glut of publications seduces the entire nation with false assumptions that mislead parents and students and manipulate the entire college admissions landscape. Students have nowhere to turn except to publications that offer eye-catching gimmicks and easy sound bites like "Best Party Schools." "Most Wired Colleges," and "America's Best Colleges." By moving beyond rankings to how and what students need to learn on the 21st century campus. College ...
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Overview

College rankings are irresistible and inescapable. Each year, a glut of publications seduces the entire nation with false assumptions that mislead parents and students and manipulate the entire college admissions landscape. Students have nowhere to turn except to publications that offer eye-catching gimmicks and easy sound bites like "Best Party Schools." "Most Wired Colleges," and "America's Best Colleges." By moving beyond rankings to how and what students need to learn on the 21st century campus. College Rankings Exposed offers a revolutionary philosophy that propels today's students toward choosing a college experience that answers to their own calling. While there is no simple answer to the question. "Where should I go to college?" College Rankings Exposed is the ultimate, long-awaited response to this illegitimate hijacking of the college planning and admissions process. Author Paul Boyer empowers students and parents to conduct a genuine college search, encouraging them to ask the hard questions and providing true instruction on the art of getting a quality education.
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Driven by fears of a competitive job market, thousands of American families consult college-ranking publications such as the one introduced in 1983 by U.S. News and World Report for supposedly objective guidance in choosing the best college education. Yet most education professionals discredit these listings, even those who benefit from their position in these hierarchies of quality. Higher education consultant Boyer breaks the public silence around the college ranking system. Drawing upon the expertise of college presidents and admissions deans, he adroitly cuts through the hype of the college ranking game: the deceptive numbers, the distortions of truth and the misleading, often subjective information at their core. "Americans need not be prisoners of any survey," he believes, and he uses his considerable experience and insight to explain how to really identify a quality college education. Boyer provides useful strategies on how to sort through information on the hundreds of fine colleges and universities to find the right fit for a particular student. He articulates the "five criteria for a quality education," which include the importance of general education; a commitment to writing, speaking and critical thinking skills; a commitment to active learning; opportunities to extend learning beyond the classroom; and the presence of a diverse, intellectually active and respectful community. In a no-frills manner, Boyer reminds readers there are many paths to success, noting that American education is large and diverse, as befits a large and diverse democratic society. (Sept.) Forecast: This book, the first in Peterson's Spotlight on Education series, deserves a wide readership: parents, students and guidance counselors can all benefit from it. Booksellers would do well to position it alongside college-ranking guides, as a complement to those sometimes-overwhelming volumes. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780768913606
  • Publisher: Peterson's
  • Publication date: 8/1/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 9
Introduction 19
Chapter 1 The Ranking Phenomenon 25
Chapter 2 Why Not Harvard? 57
Chapter 3 What Students Really Need to Learn 89
Chapter 4 The Five Criteria of a Quality Education 105
Chapter 5 Measuring a Quality Education 149
Chapter 6 The End of Rankings? 161
Epilogue 181
Appendix A Resources 199
Appendix B Questions to Determine Quality 215
Index 225
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2003

    Breaking New Ground

    This book breaks the mold of traditional college guides, particulary those that speak to the issue of rankings. Not only is College Rankings Exposed an expose on the problems associated with rankings, it provides an antidote to the rankings game and gives students the answer to the question they struggle with as they progress through their high school career. 'What Is the Best School for Me?'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2003

    Great advise for anyone researching colleges

    I found this book to be very helpful in researching colleges - what questions to ask, what to look for, how rankings can be misleading, etc. It makes a good case for going beyond the college guides and magazines and really digging into the important issues.

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