The New Key to Post-College Success?
Schools have been grading you for years. Why not grade them? What I’m talking about is grading these institutions for their quality and performance. This is not such an outlandish idea when you consider the uncertain employment climate facing recent college graduates – and the cost in time and dollars for that good-as-gold diploma. Who knows? Slapping a big fat rating on colleges could be the new key to post-college success.
According to a Washington post article, colleges and universities should break their grading system into six categories, as follows:
- Net four-year cost for attendance. Currently, colleges are legally required to post a net cost calculator, but the info need not be posted off campus or on the institution’s home page.
- Complete four-year student progress reports in critical subject areas such as oral and written communications and mathematical reasoning.
- Graduation rates for various time periods (4,6,or 8 years).
- Results of student satisfaction surveys.
- Most recent evaluations from appropriate accreditation agency.
- The percent of graduates who secure a job requiring a college graduation within a year of earning their diploma.
Naturally, you’d want an impartial outside agency to periodically audit the information.
Sounds simple enough, doesn’t it? And it wouldn’t be a major chore for these noble institutions of higher learning. Colleges and universities already have all the data needed at their disposal. But for some reason, they don’t make it readily available to J.Q. Public. Hmmm…
What do you think? Could grading colleges be the new key to post-college success? We’d love to hear from you, so feel free to fire off your comments below. And, of course, if you have any questions or thoughts regarding career options for high school and college students, we’ll be delighted to help.
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