“Obviously, TMU’s students believe they made the right choice, so I don’t mean to take anything away from TMU. However, there is a difference between WSJ ranking a school and students rating a school via a survey.”
A few days ago Dee called me and shared her discovery about The Master’s University. Apparently, it was ranked as #1 Right Choice University amongst all U.S. colleges and universities for the second year in a row by the Wall Street Journal. She discovered this when she clicked on a link to The Cripplegate (see screen shot below)
They also mentioned their ranking in US News and World Report. (see below)
What I found most interesting about The Master’s University (TMU) is that US News and World Report indicates that there is an 83% acceptance rate.
Not long ago I heard on the news that my alma mater, Duke University, received over 37,000 applications for its incoming freshman class. Only 8.3% were accepted according to an article in the Duke Chronicle.
Interesting… 83% acceptance at TMU vs 8.3% acceptance at Duke.
Regarding TMU’s #1 Right Choice Ranking, Warren Throckmorton, a psychology professor at Grove City College in Pennsylvania, saw Dee’s Tweet about TMU’s ranking and did a little investigating…
Throckmorton began his post as follows:
Yesterday, Dee Parsons from Wartburg Watch tweeted a question about the The Master’s University’s claim that the school was ranked as a #1 “right choice” school by the Wall Street Journal. Here’s what The Master’s University said about their rating by the WSJ in 2016.
In response to the WSJ’s #1 Right Choice Ranking, Warren wrote:
Indeed the WSJ did mention TMU in 2016 and 2017 but the ranking was more of a rating by the students. WSJ asked 100,000 students a series of questions about their college including “if you could start over, would you still choose this college?” On that question, TMU students gave their school ratings higher than students at any other school. Lancaster (PA) Bible College ranked second on that question. LBC’s write up about the survey more clearly explains the significance of the rating.
The WSJ asked students “If you could start over, would you still choose this college?”
Throckmorton quoted from the Wall Street Journal article (see below).
The Master‘s University, a small Christian liberal-arts school in Santa Clarita, Calif., topped all comers in that category, despite not cracking the top 500 schools in the overall ranking.
Warren then pointed out that another WSJ article stated that…
The survey also asked students three questions that weren’t taken into consideration in the rankings, including whether students would choose their school again. Highest marks again went to schools with a religious affiliation, including The Master’s University in Santa Clara, Calif., Lancaster Bible College and Brigham Young, Hawaii.
Throckmorton then concluded with this:
Obviously, TMU’s students believe they made the right choice, so I don’t mean to take anything away from TMU. However, there is a difference between WSJ ranking a school and students rating a school via a survey. When TMU portrays an average score on a student rating as a merit-based ranking by the WSJ, there is potential for their audience to be misled [emphasis mine].
You be the judge regarding The Master’s University’s portrayal of its rankings…
On another note…
John MacArthur has been in the news of late regarding a Statement on Social Justice that he is promoting. We encourage you to read it at the link below.
Some of the initial signers include:
Jeremy Vuolo (a Duggar son-in-law)
The number of signers is nearing 6,000. No doubt that number will increase as more become aware of the statement.
This is becoming BIG NEWS in Christendom, so you may want to familiarize yourself with it. We believe sides are being taken, and this may be the next big thing that drives a wedge between Christians.
Dee will be addressing this important matter in an upcoming post, so stay tuned…