The Ranking System at Successful Student is for students. Finding the right school and area of study can be daunting when there are so many schools from which to choose. In addition, there are many print publications and websites that rank schools. It can be difficult to make sense of what program, and at what school, is the right one. Successful Student’s design is to help students navigate education in general, and find the right school and program in particular, by providing educational resources—and this includes ranking programs and schools. This article is an explanation of how rankings are composed at Successful Student. It should be noted that there are subjective elements in rankings that consider intangibles, such as academic reputation.
The approach to ranking schools at Successful Student is unique, because it is constructed from the student’s point-of-view, and takes into consideration things that are important and beneficial to students specifically. This doesn’t mean that students are surveyed, it simply means that the factors that go into rankings, and the weight given to them, are considered from the vantage point of students.
This is a bottom-up approach to education ranking, instead of a top-down approach used by other education publications.
Ranking factors are listed at the beginning of each article. The factors vary from ranking to ranking. If it is an online school ranking, factors like online resources and access to class instructors are taken into consideration. If it is a ranking of campus-based schools in a program like culinary arts, then something like food labs and restaurant facilities for hands-on learning are taken into account.
The order of the criteria in each article is also the order of importance and weight given to each criterion. The first criterion is weighted the most, the second is weighted the second most, etc. The ranking criteria are then synthesized per a proprietary system, and depending on their scoring per the weight given each criterion, the school is assigned a ranking place relative to, and situated among, the other schools in the ranking.
The Ranking System