The Proceedings of the Information Systems Education Conference 2009: §2316
|Fri, Nov 6, 11:30 - 11:55, Ballroom B Paper (refereed)
|Recommended Citation: Wachob, W D. A Statistical Metric of University Quality Based Upon the NCES-IPEDS Data. In The Proceedings of the Information Systems Education Conference 2009, v 26 (Washington DC): §2316. ISSN: 1542-7382.
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A Statistical Metric of University Quality Based Upon the NCES-IPEDS Data
The development of a quality metric for colleges and universities is an area that causes a great deal of conversation each year. Metrics used by most colleges and universities are normally localized to the school. This is done in order to make them relevant to the desired user or outcomes. When evaluating the quality of a college or university, there are a number of potential factors to be considered. This makes the whole process unwieldy. This paper will focus upon the development of an academic quality metric based upon the national standardized tests. If a simple single metric could be identified, many other comparisons can then be made. This paper develops the concept of an rScore that is a ranking score based upon the standardized testing scores of the incoming freshman class. The standardized testing scores are self-reported by the institutions in their NCES-IPEDS (National Center for Educational Statistics - Integrated Postsecondary Education Data Set) submissions.
Keywords: quality, ranking, metric, IPEDS, rScore
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