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Friday, February 10, 2012

Reputation via student success

My inspiration for the day, and a reason for persistence:
We have stated a model that supports the view that academic institutions seeking excellence must recognize that their mission is to maximize the aggregate achievement of their current students. Attempts to prematurely raise academic standards before a pool of high quality students is attracted to the institution are likely to be futile. Reputation-building efforts to attract good students, other than optimizing current student achievement, are of secondary importance. As an institution succeeds in increasing its student’s achievement, it will be rewarded with an increased reputation that will in turn attract better students.  (487)
- D. Mayer-Foulkes / Economics of Education Review 21 (2002)

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