What made you pick the college you attended? When picking a school there are many factors that coincide with choosing the right school such as price and affordability, student outcome, if they have your major, etc. You must choose wisely because you will be spending the next four years of your life here. There are many online resources and websites that rank colleges for the use of perspective students and parents. One can concur from the lists that the higher a university ranks the better that school is; however, this is not always the case. These rankings only give you a taste of what the college is like and does not factor in many of the important details one must consider when trying to pursue higher education. The rankings do not fully capture the quality of the school. When people want to know how “good” a university is, they often turn to published media rankings, such as the rankings from US News and World Report and Washington Monthly. Each published website has their own way of ranking schools. The US News and World Report (USNWR) has seven key categories in which it ranks schools. Each of these categories has a percent value for which it counts into the whole ranking. Most of the categories have sub-divisions, which count as a percentage to their category score. The first category, retention, has two sub-divisions to it. The six-year graduation rate counts for 80% of the graduation/retention score. This entails all those who earn a degree in six years or less. Then freshman retention rate accounts for the other 20% of the score. This is the amount of freshmen that return for their sophomore year and eventually graduate. The next category is faculty resource, which has multiple sub divisions. The first subdivision is classes with less than 20 students (30%) and the proportion of classes with more than 50 students counts for 10%. Then there’s faculty salary, (35%) which is the average faculty pay plus their benefits. The next sub-division is professors with higher degrees in their field (15%), student faculty ratio (5%) and finally the proportion of faculty who are full time (5%). All of these factors make up the faculty resource category. The next category is student selectivity, which is comprised of SAT and composite ACT scores (65%), acceptance rate (10%) and percentage of students who graduated high school in the top ten percent of their class (25%). The next category is financial resources. This is based on per student spending on research, student services, and related educational expenditure. However, spending on sports, dorms and hospitals does not count in this score. Finally there is graduation rate performance, which shows the effect of college programs and policies on the graduation rate of students (“How US News Calculates College Rankings,” 2014, p.3-4). This is calculated by the difference of graduation rate for the predicated class and the actual graduation performance.
The Washington Monthly has an entirely different rating system, comprised of only three categories. The first is social mobility, which is based off of the percentage of students receiving Pell Grants and the predicted graduation rate versus the actual rate of graduation. Social mobility also includes the average net price for full-time, first year students who receive financial aid. The next category is research. The subdivisions of research include the total amount of expenditures and the total number of bachelor recipients who go on to receive PhDs, relative to their schools size. The final category is service. This is based off of the total number of graduates who go into the Peace Corps, and the percentage of students who serve in the ROTC. Service is also constructed from the percentage of funds in federal work-study money that goes to community service. It also includes the number of students participating in community service and number of hours of service performed. This is combined between the staff supporting community
development of topics according to various modes. While
reviewing the fundamentals of the English grammar, this course seeks to secure a steady but progressive
development of basic writing and comprehension skills with repeated exercise on short topical and
essay writings. The purpose of this course is to give the student the capacity to write essays and short
topical articles with a sufficient command of the English grammar and cohesiveness.
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Please note that are formal writing conventions apply. Please use appropriate capital letters and
punctuation. Do not use texting language in your writing.
For this assignment, locate one picture online (school appropriate) and then identify at least five
denotations and five connotations for the picture. I want you to write at least two paragraphs…
Writing provides the opportunity to think, analyze, and rewrite your thoughts before others experience it. Writing is like a production, except as the writer, your job is the director, producer, and actor. This opportunity is given to anyone, but only a few actually utilize it (p. 74). In chapter six of The Washburn Experience: A Guide to Surviving Your First Year by John Dalhstrand fully explains effective writing and its benefits. Becoming a successful writer, not only allows for students to effectively…
role. This position sees me undertaking plenty of formal writing, however, not in an academic setting. My work-related writing is to customers or brand representatives where professionalism is a requirement. Having my writing assessed by www.paperrater.com.au was a great tool to see how my writing stacks up against others in the same level of education in a formal, academic setting. Feedback that I took on board from the online tool is that my writing is too passive. I found the “bad-phrase” score that…
Brainstorming or pre-writing serves as the initial action of the writing process. Brainstorming helps in discovering ideas essential to your topic and also aids in developing your paper. After brainstorming ideas, creating an informal outline is needed as it gives you a structure of how your essay is going to be. Once all of your ideas are organized, you need to generate a thesis statement that is clearly worded, expresses your main idea, and communicates your essay’s purpose well. Following the…
author describes the plot of an animated film in an incredibly formal manner. This paradox of using “adult” terms when discussing “childrens’” movies makes the audience reconsider their initial perception of these animations. Since they can be, and have been, analyzed in extreme detail using sophisticated word-choice, the reader starts to distinguish animated films as being more relevant than they originally believed. Through the use of formal diction, the author is able to emphasize that it is important…
and differences of the six documents I produced in P2 and P3.
The six documents are:
Minute of meeting
In order to achieve D2 I have to justify the reason why have chosen these documents.
1) I have chosen an internal letter because; this I believe is a formal way of asking permission and is more respectful. I used a formal letter to send to the principle of the college asking for permission for my Valentine’s…
Formal email format handout
Use this format for business purposes, writing to professors, or for applications.
[Greeting or salutation]
Dear Professor Taylor:
Use a colon for formal emails. No space before a colon: one space after it. “Dear” does not have
a period or comma after it. In British English, a comma is used rather than a colon for business
email. Generally try to find the correct name and title of the person you are sending the email or
letter to, but if the name is not…
literature. Novels such as Huckleberry Finn utilized this writing style, and represented a shift from the formal, romantic writings of the late 1700’s to a realistic and often more pessimistic outlook on life. An example of one such work is The Open Boat by Stephen Crane. This short story is the epitome of naturalism through its use of relaxed, realistic writing, as well as man’s fate being in the hands of nature.
The Open Boat is similar in writing style to the works of Mark Twain in that the dialogue…
therefore reported the grievance formally in writing on the 24th October 2012. Mrs Smith wanted her grievance to be discussed formally and resolved. The grievance report was received and dealt with by…