Swarthmore College is ranked sixth on The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings in terms of how engaged students feel with both the professors and their education, writes Douglas Belkin for The Journal.
The engagement category determines how actively students are tackling various concepts and trying to apply them in the real world. To reflect its importance, engagement represents 20 percent of a school’s overall score in the ranking.
“When students are engaged in the learning process, when they’re intellectually engaged, it means they’re taking an active role in their own learning, and we know that taking an active role is going to deepen their learning,” said Andrea Follmer Greenhoot, director of the University of Kansas Center for Teaching Excellence.
Swarthmore beat out brand names like Harvard and Princeton to make it to sixth place, which it shares with six other institutions. This reflects its success in connecting students with each other, the school, and the outside world, as well as how challenging its courses are.
Read more about the rankings in The Wall Street Journal by clicking here.