Ohio Colleges Are Preparing To Rate Themselves


Columbus, Ohio

Back in the day when I was in college, professors would distribute end-of-the-semester surveys to allow their students to review the class and the instructor’s teaching methods. We never knew what the results of those surveys were, as that information was shared between the college and the professor only.

Today, many colleges and universities still practice this method of student evaluation, but in Ohio they are taking it one big step further: according to The Columbus Dispatch the state’s 13 public universities and its medical college will begin rating themselves.

In a plan approved last week by Ohio’s education czar, Chancellor Eric D. Fingerhut, the schools will be offering a standardized test to students to see how well they are learning while at school. Though the testing specifics haven’t been finalized yet, the results — when they are released in about four years — will give the public a clearer look at how specific colleges are faring, to provide improved accountability to Ohio residents.

In the meantime, student satisfaction surveys will be released along with hard to find crime statistical information for each school.

Other benefits of the self-grading plan include a college-cost calculator to allow prospective students determine the actual price of an education at each university along with degree offerings, housing options, student demographics, counseling and legal resources, graduation rates, transfer rates, student retention and success rates, post-graduation plans and data about community engagement.

Ohio’s community colleges, which aren’t part of the initial rating plan, are expected to be included later on and will also adapt their program for national accountability.

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