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New Years Day, 2005


* Top 50 Most Creative Schools *

Purpose
The Top 50 Most Creative Schools exposes those schools where any student's natural creativity is valued, refined and reinforced as a “value adding” characteristic. 

The Top 50 Most Creative Schools includes more schools in the ranking to reveal “early performers” that do not have many surveys, but those it does have have rated them very well.

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#University #Svys
Rating
1
Vassar College  
24
84.1%
2
Brown University  
92
81.0%
3
Bates College  
25
80.9%
4
Reed College  
23
80.6%
5
Yale University  
30
79.6%
6
Dartmouth College  
30
79.5%
7
University of Chicago  
47
79.3%
8
Simon's Rock College of Bard  
25
78.4%
9
Mount Holyoke College  
32
77.8%
10
Bryn Mawr College  
29
77.1%
11
Colgate University  
46
76.0%
12
Hobart and William Smith Colleges  
23
75.7%
13
Emory University  
28
75.2%
14
Kalamazoo College  
42
74.9%
15
Fordham University  
43
74.5%
16
Southwestern Assemblies of God University  
108
74.4%
17
Princeton University  
31
74.4%
18
Harvey Mudd College  
36
74.3%
19
American University  
26
73.8%
20
Texas A&M University at College Station  
70
73.7%
21
Ohio University  
26
73.5%
22
Purdue University  
33
73.2%
23
Carnegie Mellon University  
42
73.2%
24
Vanderbilt University  
47
73.2%
25
Stanford University  
38
73.2%
26
Rice University  
22
73.1%
27
Quinnipiac University  
22
72.7%
28
Bucknell University  
29
72.7%
29
Massachusetts Institute of Technology  
89
72.6%
30
Sam Houston State University  
25
72.5%
31
Furman University  
27
72.5%
32
Georgetown University  
45
72.1%
33
Ohio State University Columbus  
32
71.8%
34
University of Notre Dame  
35
71.8%
35
Brandeis University  
40
71.7%
36
Pace University  
22
71.3%
37
Northwestern University  
59
71.2%
38
University of Washington  
28
71.0%
39
University of Virginia  
58
70.8%
40
Temple University  
30
70.8%
41
Michigan State University  
59
70.6%
42
LeTourneau University  
50
70.5%
43
University of California -- Santa Barbara  
35
70.5%
44
William Jewell College  
25
70.5%
45
Savannah College of Art and Design  
23
70.4%
46
Tulane University  
38
70.3%
47
Duke University  
25
70.3%
48
University of California -- Los Angeles  
49
70.3%
49
College of William and Mary  
86
70.2%
50
Southwestern University  
26
70.0%

 

About
StudentsReview's Criteria for the Top Creative Schools is:

75% - Creativity
10% - Competition & Collaboration
5% - Academic Success is based upon 'understanding'
5% - Schoolwork is Useful
5% - Would Return again

Creative people are those who naturally see worlds of possibilities, and who value their individualism as a source of their creativity.  For creative schools, we highly emphasized creativity, but we also included collaboration/competitiveness.  While creative students may all have their own ideas about how to do things, we felt it was important for them to learn to work WITH other students, rather than against each other, which is why we included competition & collaboration in the rankings.  Finally because creative students often don't accommodate well to specific directions, we felt that it to be very important that the schoolwork be both useful and that their success be dependent upon understanding.

Creativity is something that is highly valuable — from personalization of the home to new business & product ideas.  Creativity changes our society and our world.

Creative/Innovation 
Innovation is the conversion of educational knowledge into new opportunities, and new ways of doing things.  Pure education can become outdated, but teaching a student how and encouraging their creativity and innovation will provide them with returns for the rest of their lives.

Course Competitiveness 
While a certain amount of competition is a good thing, this metric measures the amount of “bad competition” — the kind that results in cheating, hoarding knowledge, looking over the shoulder, and the general kind that is counterproductive to the working relationships at highly profitable companies, or in effective management.  Effective companies and employees — and “people” in general are those that work together openly.  Cut-throat competition teaches a work ethic & mentality that is actually counter to success.

Academic Success is based upon 'understanding'  This is fundamentally important.  In a world obsessed with grades, it is imperative that any educational institution insure that the grades it gives, the metrics, and evaluations are clear and appropriate to the student's mastery. 
Many schools stake their reputation on grades, and their abilities to make qualified, educated, and ambitious people either fail out, or do poorly — because then it artificially seems as though the education is difficult. 

Schoolwork is Useful & Instructive 
Many schools give coursework for the purpose of delivering grades rather than the purpose of educating students.  Students have evaluated to say what proportion of their coursework is useful and instructive.  In the context of a good education, busywork does not assist (for the most part) understanding and competency in the workforce, and provides a mechanism by which grades do not match competency, harming students post-graduation opportunities.  The purpose of universities is to educate, not to babysit, nor to leverage customers for reputation.

Would Return (Overall Experience) 
All things stated, would the students choose to return?  This blanket captures things that all of our ratings did not, or could not capture.  Is there some unknown factor affecting why students would not return? 

Filtering and Analysis
To find out how the data analysis was performed for the 2005 New Years Day OFFICIAL Rankings, including filtering, invalidity, weighting, distribution matching, and inherent biases, please go to 2005 NYD Rankings Explained. 

 

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