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Foreword By Carol Schneider President, Association of American Colleges & Universities -9 Introduction -19 Chapter 1 The Ranking Phenomenon Rankings provide false assumptions about higher education and create unnecessary pressure for students and parents. -25 Chapter 2 Why Not Harvard? From community colleges to research universities, from ivy-covered walls to e-learning, a good college fit depends on many factors. -57 Chapter 3 What Students Really Need to Learn Higher education today must prepare students for a lifetime of learning. -89 Chapter 4 The Five Criteria of a Quality Education This list provides students and parents with the fundamental questions to ask when looking for a quality college education. -105 Chapter 5 Measuring a Quality Education It is not enough just to go to college. Today, colleges and universities examine what all students learn and track their progress after graduation. -149 Chapter 6 The End of Rankings? Have we finally reached a new era in how we measure educational quality? -161 Epilogue -181 Appendix A Resources -199 Appendix B Questions to Determine Quality -215 Index -225Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Universities and colleges United States Evaluation