The student-to-faculty ratio is one of the criteria many parents use in assessing colleges. Should this really be a deciding factor when choosing a college? Should you really take this ratio into consideration?
A low student-to-faculty ratio does have advantages.
Well, the truth is, there are advantages to attending a college with a low student-to-faculty ratio. With fewer students to attend to, teachers can give individualized attention to each student in their class. Although this is not absolutely necessary for students to shine, it can work wonders for students who are introverts and for those who need the additional coaching.
On the other hand…
On the flip side, however, is the fact that while colleges generally do not lie about their student to faculty ratios, they may not always be telling the whole truth.
Today, there is an acknowledged shortage of qualified teaching staff and colleges face the choice of either increasing the number of students per teacher or hiring contract or temporary teachers. The former option is not very appealing because the ratios will make them look bad on their promotional material so they go with the latter choice. Some even employ graduate students to take a few classes. This makes their numbers look good but it does not necessarily mean that your child will get the quality of education or attention that you are hoping for. What’s more, these ratios keep changing constantly as adjunct staff come and go.
There’s more than student-to-faculty ratio.
When choosing a college for your child, don’t just focus on the student-to-faculty. To determine whether or not a college is the right fit for your child, you must assess the institution using all other recommended parameters.