WHICH SCHOOL NOW?
have decided on a career, you will know if you need
additional education in this field.
There is no need for choosing a major. Your career defines
your college major or
college majors if you are going to
college. You will want to select the
school for you if you do need more education. So use
some school screening techniques to begin the selection
are available on the Internet to assist in school
selection. Screening tools are available for both
technical schools and
college and universities.
Some sites give college ranking by major. When
you use these online tools make sure you know who is the
site sponsor. Quite often an accrediting organization
sponsors the site. You will not find your yet unknown
ideal school if the school is not accredited by this
organization. So, use more than one
online screening site.
"score" for each criterion is either 0 or 100%. There
is no in-between. So, your criteria represent firm
boundaries. When you set school size as a
you run the risk of eliminating, for example, a school
that exceeds your maximum preferred size by one
student. You will be able to develop a list of
acceptable schools with your ideal school in the mix
when these tools are used correctly.
You go to
school to become a success in your chosen career. Upon
graduation you would expect the school to have prepared
you for your new career. Make your final school
selection based upon the ability of the school to output
quality students. Consider:
Who has the most
influence on preparing you for your career? Would
you agree that it is the school faculty?
does a school help you with that first opportunity?
Hopefully, the school has career placement
center and provides career placement services.
And, finally how
does your chosen school assure you of a long
schools are supported by their
organizations, and business or industry.
Your assignment is to
acquire this information from your screened schools
through a school visit and
facility interviews. Then
you can prepare a decision matrix for your final
selection like Table 1.
Table 1. School attribute scores
and reasoning for score selection.
Score 50 – the college faculty is very capable
based on the publications but there are very few
members. Personalities may become a major issue
with this few of members.
Score 0 – the school does have a reasonably
large department, but you may not ever meet ¼ of
Score 100 – The school has a large faculty and
you may be able to develop a personal
relationship with all members.
Score 75- this is a very large and distinguished
faculty. Students should be able to find mentors
in this size of faculty, but not all members
will take time for students
Score 0 - The job offer salaries are strong, but
the student will need to do all work for finding
a career outside of the local area.
Score 25- The placement record for the school
and job offers are all good. But you really
don’t know much about this aspect of the
school. The center does not appear to be
Score 60 - Although the school has a good
placement record, the student may have a major
problem in getting job offers without the
support of a faculty member. You know sometimes
your ego clashes with authority.
Score 100 - Job offers are primarily dependent
on the student’s motivation. You are a very
motivated student and you like the
Score 0 – students may have great opportunities
with local companies, but network prospects
outside of the local area are nil.
Score 50 – students from this school have some
networking opportunities within
the Alumni Association
and strong prospects with trade and
Score 30 – students will have great networking
opportunities with trade and
professional organizations but not with the
Score 100 – A student from this school will have
long-term networking opportunities through the Alumni Association and trade and professional
(This is an example and it does not
represent actual schools)
If Table 1 had been
prepared by you as part of your final school
process, you would choose Ranch University as your idea
school. Why, because the Ranking Matrix shows the
highest attribute score for Ranch University. It may be
that the School Faculty is more important to you than
Placement or Associations. When some of the attributes
are more important to you than others you need to
the attributes in your matrix.
If you are facing a school selection decision, then there is