Can anybody pinpoint which colleges have the best college professors and the worst professors?
I doubt it, but that doesn’t mean people won’t try. Yesterday I wrote a college blog post for CBSMoneyWatch that made a stab at establishing which colleges and universities have the best and worst professors.
Here are the controversial posts:
I pulled the names of all 50 colleges from data that the Center for College Affordability and Productivity compiles every year for Forbes magazine’s best colleges rankings. I happen to think Forbes’ college rankings are much more legitimate than US News & World Report’s rankings. I say this even though I write a weekly college blog post for US News.
For those of you who like data, I’d suggest that you dive into the stats that the center compiled on the factors that it uses to evaluate schools. In addition to RateMyProfessors (RMP) evaluations, the center looks at such things as average salaries for graduates of individual colleges (via PayScale.com), grad rates, debt level of grads, student awards and more. Here are the component rankings for the 610 schools that the center tracked.
College Ranking Source
Finally, here’s the link to the latest college rankings that the center conveniently broke down by region.
Lynn O’Shaughnessy is the author of The College Solution, an Amazon bestseller and a workbook, Shrinking the Cost of College: 152 Ways to Cut the Cost of a Bachelor’s Degree. Follow her on Twitter.