If you think the reputation of a school is the least of your concerns, think again. If you haven’t been to a job interview yet, do be aware that an employer won’t only be interested in asking you whether or not you have a college degree but also where you’ve gotten your degree. And you should know that they won’t ask such a question if they’re not interested in hearing the answer.
Factors to Consider When Checking out the School’s Reputation
Fame or Notoriety – When you mention a school’s name, is it instantly recognized or does it inspire blankness and unfamiliarity? If it is recognized, is it for being famous…or notorious? It’s important to know how the general public views your prospective school as well because this can make or break your chances of getting the job you want in the future.
Specialty – Don’t feel despondent right away in the event that you hear mostly bad things about your prospective school. There’s still a way out of your dilemma. The school may, for instance, provide superior quality of education for the course or field of study you’re interested in but provide mediocre education for the rest. If that’s the case then you’ve still made the right choice.
Accreditation – What is the level of accreditation that the school is currently enjoying? As there are various agencies with acknowledged abilities to provide accreditation for schools, it’s also important to determine how the school has been accredited or from which agencies.
Questions to Ask to Evaluate a School’s Reputation
If you are looking for a good college, interview employers or managers and ask them which school’s graduates do they favor and why. Compare the answers you’ve provided and if there are schools that frequently crop up, these should be prioritized over other schools. Going to any of these schools will give you better chances of getting your dream job in the future.
If you are looking for a particular high school for your child to enter to, it’s important that you learn about SAT results for the past five years. Which schools have the most number of students who have made it to the Top 100 or 1000? Again, make sure that you prioritize those that come up as the first five on your list.
Secondly, if you know anyone working in the admission department for any prestigious university, ask them if they have any preference when it comes to accepting students from a particular high school.
As a last tip, it’s important to remember that not everything you’ll hear is true so make sure to verify any information you receive before making a decision.