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I read an article that had WVU ranked like 164 or something like that in academics...I didnt go there or anything but are the academics really that bad or does it go by graduation rate or what? I knew that we were lower on the totem pole when it came to academics but I didnt know it was that bad...
Just my opinion, but the US News and World Reports this is based on is misleading if we are really talking academics. It is based on things such as how much you pay your teachers, the percentage of kids you turn down for acceptance, etc. with little emphasis on the things that would show students get a good education that benefits them in life.
Recently, there have been cases of cheating by colleges to inflate their numbers because unfortunately, many parents do make decisions based on these ratings so it means money to the colleges. http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012-02-05/college-rankings/52974980/1
U.S. News may have had a bigger effect on colleges than on students and families.
Exactly right. WVU in hurt, perception wise, because of the low standards set for inclusion of in-state students. That does not mean the quality of education is poor. Those rankings are a crock of crap.
Thats what I thought...its just all u read is how low their academic ranking is but then u read about all the Rhodes Scholars and Academic All Americans and all that and its like wut the heck are they basing their decisions on.
Agreed. As a land grant university, an important part of WVU's mission is to offer the opportunity for a university education to as many state residents as possible. Therefore the admission standards are, intentionally, rather low in order to give kids a chance. Sometimes they hack it and earn a degree, but a lot of them don't and drop or flunk out. No shame in trying, and they probably learned some things that will be useful to them in life even without completing a degree. Yet graduation rate is often used in calculating those bogus academic rankings, so because of the "give everyone a shot" philosophy, schools like WVU don't rank as well.
I don't know anything about the rankings. All I know for sure is when I graduated from a Northern Panhandle high school, I applied to WVU, PSU, and tOSU with a 'C' average GPA and an average ACT score. WVU was the last of the three to officially accept me for admission. I got my first acceptance letter from tOSU, then PSU, and finally WVU. But, why are tOSU and PSU seen as better academic institutions if they were quicker to admit a 'C' student with an average ACT score? Maybe, just maybe, all these rankings are political BS!
Because OSU and Penn State have around 50,000 students to WVUs around 26,000
That and the student to teacher ratio pays a part ad well ... That and WVU still offers pass/fail classes
This post was edited by MJScragg 2 years ago
Yes, but those schools likely also have twice as many students apply for admission.
personally I dont think its fair with all the variables to even do that kind of rating...it makes WVU look bad to some people when in actuallity its not that bad of an academic school...
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